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Appeal: Did You Know That We Are WINNING?

Submitted by David Borden on (Issue #613)

Dear drug policy reformer,

Did you know that we are WINNING?

No, I'm not joking. Yes, there's a long, hard road still ahead. Many lives will be damaged -- some ruined -- by repressive, prohibitionist drug policies in the meantime. Nevertheless, things are moving in our direction:

  • Medical marijuana dispensaries are now expanding to more states than just California -- east coast, Rockies, even Midwest.
  • Congress is moving on a range of important reforms -- three this very week -- that had previously been stuck for years.
  • Major media outlets are contacting us asking who the famous and important people are calling for legalization of drugs.

This is a critically important moment, and so I'm writing today to ask you to step up to the plate for drug policy reform with a contribution of $36, $60 or $100 to our 2009 "Changing Minds, Laws & Lives" campaign. Please join us and be a part of changing drug laws today!

Donate $36 or more and
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prohibition, more.

With nearly two million unique visitors to our web site every year, many of them journalists, policymakers and advocates themselves, (DRCNet) is playing a unique and important role in forwarding the drug war and legalization debates, building the drug policy reform movement, and advancing long-term legislative goals.

Your participation at this point in history is very important, and I'd like to send you some free gifts to show our appreciation.

For a contribution of $36, you can choose any of our many current membership premiums -- books, videos, t-shirts about the failure of drug prohibition, more. For a gift of $60 or more, you can pick any two items. For a contribution of $100 or more, pick any three.

By joining today, you will make an immediate impact by helping

  • Continue to reach major media figures like John Stossel and Andrew Sullivan with important information about drug war injustices and policies.
  • Build up our recently-launched News Demonstration Project.
  • Complete our Online Legislative Center.
  • Mobilize the campaign to roll back aggressive drug war policing, starting with the overuse of SWAT teams.
  • Finish our web site expansion making a true one-stop shop for all things drug policy.
  • Do all the things we've been doing for years to build the drug policy reform movement, reach hundreds of thousands of people online each month with the anti-prohibitionist message and more.

What you and I and our friends are doing together is working. We can't back off now. By taking advantage of the opportunity we have during this pro-reform climate, we can change minds, change laws and, most importantly, change good people's lives for the better.

Thank you very much,

David Borden
Executive Director, (DRCNet)

P.S. Thank you for your interest in the cause of ending prohibition and the drug war. Now is the perfect time to galvanize support across the country and prove that prohibition does not work. Please send in your gift today! Thank you!

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blueforblair (not verified)

Thank you for finally starting to break down the conservative status quo of prohibition. The war on drugs is completely hypocritical and is ruining lives all over the world. Its amazing that in America we have 5% of the worlds population and 20% of the worlds prisoners. There is something very morally wrong with this country and the aging, corrupt, racist roman soldiers that we like to call the fraternal order of police, which are allowed to thrive and persecute because of conservative communities like west michigan, which is where I live. In west michigan police are out of control, agencies like the West Mi Enforcement Team or WEMET use undercover officers to illegally entrap users and petty dealers. State governments dont have money anymore, and the war on drugs is an excuse and alibi to extract money from people who are "technically" breaking the unfair hypocritical drug laws of this country by using drugs that dont harm anyone. One of my friends is a victim of WEMET for selling shrooms to an undercover officer, he was setup by one of his "friends" at the time and was told to meet the agent who he said was his girlfriends' friend. Yet he only met her, not his friend, to his surprise, and there was no money transaction as he gave him the money earlier, the money wasnt even recovered from the deal. Now this is a classic case of entrapment and shouldn't be admissable in a court of law, yet since the bitch wasnt an official police officer, like almost all WEMET "officers" he was prosecuted with a felony at AGE 17! And the worst part of this story is that when he was arraigned he was given the option to pay 250k dollars and the felony charge would be dropped, seriously. This is what the system in suck ass ottawa county and across america are doing to citizens of the united states. I too only a few days ago was pulled over without provocation and then arrested for marijuana possesion and am facing a felony for DANGEROUS DRUG USE for ONE 10mg adderall pill found on my person, i also am only 17, and i hate this place. The sad truth is that police corruption and blatant abuses of civil liberties across america are supported by white communities who truly think that using a natural substance like marijuana or opium is morally wrong, yet most who say drug use is a sin also consume alchohol which, in my opinion, is only slightly less intense than lsd. The fact is that drug abuse is a mental health issue and should be treated as such, people who fall into the dark side of drug abuse have problems with their brains, we all do, and the lack of proper mental health treatment leads abusers into a downward cycle of self medication. It's not fair that drug users are the ones who are punished and dealers are allowed to stay in business because of continued prohibition of drug use, where as if drugs were legal, dealers would be put out of business by taxable commercial enterprise. As you said theres a long road ahead but i truly beleive we are finally winning the fight against the racist reaganist war on drugs. Keep up the good work.

Sat, 12/19/2009 - 4:35am Permalink
bronzefreak666 (not verified)

In reply to by blueforblair (not verified)

Wow remarkable arguement. I would agree that prohibition of marijuana or any other mind altering substance, with the intent to make a profit, is unjustified and hypocritical.

Sun, 12/27/2009 - 12:13am Permalink
Shaun Anderson (not verified)

I'm so glad I found this website and I am very hopeful for the future and this website gives me more hope. I am definitely looking to get into activism at some point and do whatever I can. As soon as my money situation gets better I'll be sure to donate. :D

Wed, 12/23/2009 - 5:59pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

I just would like to hear president obama as well as stephen harper answer this simple question without spin just a straight out simple answer. The question Tell me exactly why marijuana is illegal and I mean the exact scientific reason why cannabis should be illegal when alcohol and tobacco are legal and together cause more harm to people directly from there effects and cannabis which has never been responsible for a single death due to its consumption people die from alcohol poisoning everyday but nobody dies from cannabis overdose. I just want to have the Govt of the world explain why cannabis is illegal and with all the movements to legalize cannabis why wont the govt just put it up to public vote in each election and let the people of each country decide what they want. Presently I have read an angus reid poll that shows that 55% of the canadian population wants marijuana legalized but our politicians say canadians want the law to be tougher on pot. I say put it to a public vote in each election if there is a majority 51% or higher then make it legal if the vote is over 35% then put it on the next election ballot but if it drops below 35% then make it 5 years before the subject is on the ballot again. I personally feel it has never been put to a public vote because the govt already knows the people of america or canada will vote to legalize.

Sun, 12/27/2009 - 11:19pm Permalink

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