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YOU Are Needed in Tomorrow's Global Day of Action for Drug Reform!

Tomorrow, Friday, June 26, join with organizations around the world in the annual "Support. Don't Punish" Global Day of Action. If you are in Washington, DC please demonstrate with us at the US State Department and the White House Friday morning!

Support Don't Punish is an international advocacy campaign intended to raise awareness of the harms being caused by the war on drugs. The campaign aims to promote drug policies that respect human rights and protect public health, to change laws and policies that impede access to harm reduction interventions and other evidence-based services, and to end the criminalization of people who use drugs. Visit www.supportdontpunish.org for further information about the campaign. June 26 is also the United Nations' International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking, and Support Don't Punish is the reform movement's global response.

Whether you live near an event location or not, or have to time to get to one, there are important ways that you can contribute to the Day of Action:

selection from the 2014 Support Don't Punish photo project

  1. Promote Support. Don't Punish. on social media. A social media guide for the Day of Action is online here. It includes actions you can take both today and tomorrow.
  2. Participate in the interactive Photo Project. This could be as simple as printing out the Support. Don't Punish. sign and taking a picture with it and sending in, or you can get a group together or do something creative. Click on the link to view examples, and please send us copies of your photos too.
  3. Attend an event -- especially ours here in Washington! There's another demonstration outside the UN in New York, and there's a full global list of all announced events published here.
  4. Sign up today for the Support. Don't Punish. "Thunderclap" -- a web site that you can authorize to post a Support. Don't Punish. message to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. All participants' messages will be posted by Thunderclap at the same time tomorrow, to make a splash and get people's attention.

Click here for the latest update from the Support. Don't Punish. campaign, and visit www.supportdontpunish.org for further information.

Announcement: Join Us at the Cannabis Business Summit and Register Today!‏

%%subject%% The following announcement is from our June sponsor, the National Cannabis Industry Association, which is holding The Cannabis Business Summit & Expo 2015, taking place this June 29 through July 1 in Denver. Use code SDW10 when you register to get a StoptheDrugWar.org member discount!

If you are interested in sponsoring our newsletter, web site or organization, please contact David Borden at borden@drcnet.org, or visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/sponsorship for further information.

Register now!
Questions? Call (888) 237-1470

The cannabis industry’s most influential event is less than four weeks away!

Join the revolution as we continue to fight for a prosperous future for all businesses in the cannabis industry.

Why you and your colleagues should attend NCIA's National Cannabis Summit + Expo:

  • 2,000+ attendees & 100+ exhibitors
  • Demo Day - showcasing 10 hot Cannabusiness Startups
  • Connect with Cannabusiness Leaders, Investors and Entrepreneurs
  • 80+ Speakers, 50 Educational Sessions, Endless Opportunity
  • Interactive Industry Tours - Grow Facility & Edibles Kitchen Manufacturing Facility
  • 2nd Annual Cannabis Carnival, sponsored by Bhang Corp., featuring: Medeski Martin & Wood, Everyone Orchestra, Quixotic, and Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation
  • Questions? Give NCIA a call, 888.237.1470 or email Mark at mark.awit@gsmiweb.com


Join Stop the Drug War and 2000+ Cannabusiness Professionals in Denver from June 29th-July 1st.

Don’t wait Register Today (SDW10 saves you 10%)!  Together we can and will  legalize, legitimize, and grow our industry! 

About NCIA:
NCIA is the only national trade association advancing the interests of the legitimate and responsible cannabis industry. Our industry supports tens of thousands of jobs, tens of millions in tax revenue, and billions in economic activity in the United States. NCIA is leading the unified and coordinated campaign to ensure this emerging sector is treated fairly under federal law.

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Telephone Town Hall with "Orange Is the New Black" Author Piper Kerman, June 29

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Piper Kerman
Mass Incarceration: A Conversation With Piper Kerman, Author of "Orange Is the New Black" -- a Telephone Town Hall Meeting Hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance -- Monday, June 29, 1:00-2:00pm ET.

Piper Kerman, author, advocate, and professor, in conversation with asha bandele, Director, Advocacy Grants Progra, Drug Policy Alliance. Visit http://bit.ly/PiperKerman to RSVP -- space is limited. Audience participation is encouraged.

Sponsor Announcement: Join Us at the Cannabis Business Summit and Register Today!‏

%%subject%% The following announcement is from our June sponsor, the National Cannabis Industry Association, which is holding The Cannabis Business Summit & Expo 2015, taking place this June 29 through July 1 in Denver. Use code SDW10 when you register to get a StoptheDrugWar.org member discount!

If you are interested in sponsoring our newsletter, web site or organization, please contact David Borden at borden@drcnet.org, or visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/sponsorship for further information.

Register now!
Questions? Call (888) 237-1470

The cannabis industry’s most influential event is less than four weeks away!

Join the revolution as we continue to fight for a prosperous future for all businesses in the cannabis industry.

Why you and your colleagues should attend NCIA's National Cannabis Summit + Expo:

  • 2,000+ attendees & 100+ exhibitors
  • Demo Day - showcasing 10 hot Cannabusiness Startups
  • Connect with Cannabusiness Leaders, Investors and Entrepreneurs
  • 80+ Speakers, 50 Educational Sessions, Endless Opportunity
  • Interactive Industry Tours - Grow Facility & Edibles Kitchen Manufacturing Facility
  • 2nd Annual Cannabis Carnival, sponsored by Bhang Corp., featuring: Medeski Martin & Wood, Everyone Orchestra, Quixotic, and Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation
  • Questions? Give NCIA a call, 888.237.1470 or email Mark at mark.awit@gsmiweb.com


Join Stop the Drug War and 2000+ Cannabusiness Professionals in Denver from June 29th-July 1st.

Don’t wait Register Today (SDW10 saves you 10%)!  Together we can and will  legalize, legitimize, and grow our industry! 

About NCIA:
NCIA is the only national trade association advancing the interests of the legitimate and responsible cannabis industry. Our industry supports tens of thousands of jobs, tens of millions in tax revenue, and billions in economic activity in the United States. NCIA is leading the unified and coordinated campaign to ensure this emerging sector is treated fairly under federal law.

 Cannabis Business Summit Exhibitors

Special thanks to our Industry Pioneer Exhibitor
 



Cannabis Carnival Sponsor

Industry Ambassadors


Industry Influencers

       


Industry Leaders
 


        

        
        
          
        
        
        
        

          
         
           
       
      
      
        

Partners

  

 

Stay Connected

  

Call toll free 888.409.4418

Get Involved

» Register Today
» View Exhibit
» View Agenda
» NCIA Homepage

Copyright © 2015 , All rights reserved.


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A Historic Day at the UN

Last month we sent some emails to our list and posted here about our new campaign to take on international drug policy reform, including but not limited to reform of the UN drug treaties. The first stage of this effort has reached a successful culmination. Two days ago we released a sign-on statement endorsed by more than 100 organizations including some major ones, calling for big changes to how the US and UN do business in drug policy, and for the process of reforming the UN drug treaties to be initiated.

UN headquarters, New York
The statement has been covered so far by several major outlets including WashingtonPost.com and HuffPost Politics, and a second statement on the death penalty for nonviolent drug offenses was covered by HuffPost WorldPost, linked from the Huffington Post home page for almost 24 hours. The broad sign-on statement and links to news articles can be found at http://stopthedrugwar.org/un.

Right now at the UN General Assembly in New York, the "High Level Thematic Debate" on drugs that we've written is unfolding -- a live webcast (and probably an archive later) can be accessed here, and The CND Blog is doing live updates throughout the day here. It has already been historic. Jamaica's minister of justice, Mark Golding, called for a Committee of Experts to be appointed by the UN to study how to accomplish treaty reform, the central ask of our statement, and other countries backed this up with calls for moving to regulation and control instead of drug prohibition and the right of countries to do that.

At 1:30, many of us will gather in front of the UN to protest the recent executions by Indonesia of several people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes. We are wearing black ribbons. Many countries' speakers today have condemned the death penalty for nonviolent and drug offenses as a violation of the human rights treaties. Notably, many countries have also called for the criminalization of drug users to be ended as well.

Our work is making a difference in this hopeful process of change that is now unfolding, and we need your support to continue it. Would you be willing to make a donation now to help us take at least this first step? Donations to our tax-deductible nonprofit, DRCNet Foundation, and our non-deductible lobbying nonprofit, Drug Reform Coordination Network, both can be put toward this project and support the needs of this campaign. Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/donate to donate by credit card or PayPal, or send your check or money order (made out to one of the two names listed above) to P.O. 9853, Washington, DC 20016.

We can also accept donations of stock; the information to give your brokerage is Ameritrade, (800) 669-3900), DTC #0188, and account number 781926492 for tax-deductible gifts to DRCNet Foundation or 864663500 for non-deductible gifts to Drug Reform Coordination Network -- please contact us if you are donating this way.

We'd also still like to hear from organizations that might like to endorse our sign-on statement or get involved in the campaign in other ways. You can write to us here.

Organizational Participation Sought for the UNGASS 2016 Global Civil Society Survey

launch of the Civil Society Task Force, UN Headquarters, NY, December 2014 (idpc.net)
The Harm Reduction Coalition invites organizations to fill out the UNGASS 2016 (UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs) Global Civil Society Survey, designed to provide an initial assessment on community work in the field of drugs, as well as to measure the awareness and level of knowledge and interest in participating actively in the UNGASS 2016 initiative at the regional and global levels. The results will provide an overview of the work of community-based organizations active in the drug field, areas of expertise, key priorities and concerns to be addressed, as well as best practices.

It's important to get a good set of responses from organizations in the US, especially harm reduction and reform groups, as we too infrequently are involved in UN matters. Harm Reduction Coalition has been heavily involved in the formation of the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) and the New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC).

Click here to complete the survey. It should take no longer than 30 minutes. Please submit only one response per organization, and please note that the survey is only for organizations. Completion of the survey will provide the CSTF with invaluable information to that is essential for UNGASS preparation and beyond, so please forward widely.

Survey responses are due by July 31st. Input is confidential and any identifying information is solely for the CSTF's record keeping. (HRC notes that if you get stuck on question 6, check NYNGOC.)

Telephone TownHall Meeting on Drug Education, with Dr. Carl Hart and the Drug Policy Alliance

Protecting Our Children: How Drug Education Is Failing Our Kids and What We Need To Do About It

A Telephone TownHall Meeting Hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance, Thursday, May 14, 1:00-2:00pm EST

Featuring: Dr. Carl Hart, Associated Professor, Columbia University and Research Scientist, New York State Psychiatric Institute, in conversation with asha bandele, Director Advocacy Grants Program, Drug Policy Alliance.

Visit http://bit.ly/DrCarlHart to RSVP. Space is limited. Audience participation is encouraged.

Scholarships Available for 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

vigil at 2009 conference, Albuquerque
Financial assistance is available for individuals wishing to attend the 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, taking place in the Washington, DC metro area from November 18-21. Visit http://www.reformconference.org/registration/scholarships to apply -- deadline is May 22. Note that the page has separate sections for applicants from the US, and applicants from other countries.

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is a biennial event that brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. It brings together over 1,000 attendees representing 30 different countries.

This year attendees will have the opportunity to spend three days interacting with people committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs while participating in sessions given by leading experts from around the world. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this event.

Visit http://www.reformconference.org to learn more about the Reform Conference.

Help Track Candidates' Positions on "Vote For Marijuana" Web Site

StoptheDrugWar.org has teamed up with Vote For Marijuana, a new web site that's building a database of all state and federal politicians and their public statements/votes/pledges related to marijuana policy. We hope you'll join the team by submitting information from your local races on the site.

Vote For Marijuana's goal (and ours) is to enable any voter to see all the local politicians running for (and holding) office, and what each politician has said and done about ending or continuing marijuana prohibition and its parts. For that we need activists from each state to help.

Visit http://www.voteformarijuana.net/getinvolved to learn how to become a Vote For Marijuana moderator in your home state, or just check out the front end and see what the system already knows about your local politicians!

Two Important Conferences in DC and Baltimore

2008 SSDP conference (courtesy DrugWarRant.com)
There are two important conferences coming that we'd like our readers to know about. The first is the "Students for Sensible Drug Policy 2014 Conference + Lobby Day," taking place on the 26th through the 28th of this month (this Friday through Monday), in Rosslyn, Virginia, just across the river from Washington.

The SSDP conference will feature keynote speakers and panels addressing the hottest topics in drug policy, harm reduction, leadership, organizing, and advocacy. The conference will also feature an awards ceremony, lobby day, SSDP alumni gathering, the annual Congress at which student leaders shape the organization's future, and more. Visit http://ssdp.org/events/2014-conference-lobby-day/ for information or to register.

The second event is "Crossroads & Intersections: the 10th National Harm Reduction Conference," taking place up the road in Baltimore, Maryland, from October 23-26. This biennial gathering, sponsored by the Harm Reduction Coalition has been a unique venue for those interested in understanding drug use, drug users and the philosophy and practice of harm reduction since 1996.

Some topics highlighted in the conference line-up include Opiate Overdose Prevention, User-to-User Interventions, Syringe Access, Methadone and Burprenorphine, Improving Drug Treatment Outcomes, Global Harm Reduction Efforts, Challenging Drug User Stigma, and more. In what I think is a first, the recently-appointed director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli, will deliver the conference's opening keynote. Visit the conference web site at http://harmreduction.org/conference/.

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