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Appeal: New Times Bring New Opportunities for Drug Policy Reform

Submitted by David Borden on (Issue #559)

Dear drug law reformer:

New times bring new opportunities. (DRCNet) is a nonpartisan organization, and no major US party presidential nominee has supported enough of our mission to date for this to change. That said, the views on drug policy and criminal justice expressed by President-Elect Obama in his books, speeches, and campaign appearances add up to a platform that is mostly positive, and which if enacted would make a major difference in our issue helping many thousands of people.

These include causes near and dear to the hearts of drug reformers: Stopping the raids on medical marijuana clinics; Repealing unjust mandatory minimum sentences, including the infamous crack cocaine penalties; Decriminalizing marijuana (sort of); Ending racial profiling; Lifting the federal needle exchange funding ban; Eliminating barriers to integration faced by ex-offenders, to name several.

Changes like these can happen if, but only if, people like you and I take action to work for change. Please make a generous donation to support's lobbying programs, and please stay tuned for the crucial action alerts we will be sending you over the coming months. Your non-deductible donations will help us hire lobbying staff and purchase tools to be able to efficiently communicate with Congressional staffers.

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Drug policy reform is such an important issue, but it's an important issue that needs your help. We at need you to ensure that this time of change, will bring needed change, for a disadvantaged, demonized and under-represented group in our society, the targets of the brutal War on Drugs. Please donate today, and together we will make things happen.

Thank you very much for working to change this country’s drug policies and for continuing to be part of And thank you for giving your support to our efforts at this important hour. Your contribution has never been more important.

David Borden
Executive Director, (DRCNet)
News & Activism Promoting Sensible Reform

P.S. Every day that goes by, 4,000 people are arrested for drug offenses, the vast majority of them minor, and half a million nonviolent drug offenders languish yet another day in the staggering number of prisons and jails the government has very unwisely built. It's time to stop this senseless tragedy and shocking injustice. Please increase your commitment to ending the drug war by donating to today. Thank you!

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Anonymous (not verified)

The Green Party has an excellent platform on drug policy reform at:

This includes:
"Cannabis/Hemp is to be legalized, regulated and controlled like cigarettes and alcohol. Until this happens we advocate that medical marijuana be made a prescription drug that doctors may prescribe to their patients.
We call for a revised view of the “drug problem” and an end to the “war on drugs,” recognizing that after over a decade of strident law-and-order posturing, the problems with hard drugs have only worsened.
We call for expanding drug counseling and treatment for those who need it."

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 1:24pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

The Libertarian party is the ONLY party in the US with the moral fortitude to state in unequivocal terms what everyone knows. Prohibition DOES NOT WORK. Never has never will and what is worse, even though our politicians KNOW this they are too cowardly to say "the king has no closes" Obama or McCain there is really no difference on this issue. Only Ron Paul states the obvious and has for years.

The secondary ramifications of this WAR on ourselves is almost too terrible to contemplate and so no one does. Slavery in alive and well in the US, It is called "The war on Drugs" We must end this prohibition and as "Law Enforcement Against prohibition" so well states END THE CRIME PROBLEM IN THE US. It will not end the Drug problem but it will end the crime problem.

Donald Sheldon

Sun, 11/09/2008 - 11:19am Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

As I watched President Richard M. Nixon, declare his "war on drugs", many years ago. I was watching with my late mother, who was not a fan of Nixon, at the end of his speech, she got up and on her way back to the kitchen, said, "that dumb SOB, prohibition didn't work the first time, and it won't work now". Over 35 yrs later, she was right. Can't we get past the "prohibitionists"? They will haul out the old saw, "it's about the kids", and we know that by supporting "prohibition" we endanger our kids futures. So it is with great hope that our new president elect, will use "common sense", and not listen to the same old tired crap. But will listen to over 60% of American adults, who want real change. Good Luck to you Mr. President elect, God be with you.

J.D. Lape' Monticello, Ar.

Sat, 11/08/2008 - 10:10am Permalink

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