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NORML Night: The Marijuana-Logues at Arlington Drafthouse (DC area)

Performances Friday and Saturday night. More information (including a ticket discount code) available at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143778015713969.

NoVa NORML show 8:30pm before Saturday night performance. (Update: the meeting has been postponed.)

Date: 
Sat, 10/01/2011 - 9:50pm - 11:59pm
Location: 
2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA
United States

NORML Night: The Marijuana-Logues at Arlington Drafthouse (DC area)

Performances Friday and Saturday night. More information (including a ticket discount code) available at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143778015713969.

NoVa NORML show 8:30pm before Saturday night performance. (Update: the meeting has been postponed.)

Date: 
Fri, 09/30/2011 - 9:50pm - 11:59pm
Location: 
2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA
United States

How Accurate is Cannabis Testing? Ring Test Assesses the Labs

How Accurate is Cannabis Testing? Ring Test Assesses the Labs

California NORML Release - Sep. 26, 2011

How Accurate Is Cannabis Potency Testing? California NORML and Project CBD release the results of the first "Ring Test" to assess the accuracy of analytical laboratories

Mixed findings show strengths and problems among analytic testing services

In the winter of 2010/11, California NORML and Project CBD initiated a "Ring Test" to assess the accuracy of the numerous analytical cannabis testing laboratories that have recently emerged to serve medical marijuana collectives, breeders, growers and patients.

Results of the study, which was coauthored by California NORML director Dale Gieringer and Dutch scientist Dr. Arno Hazekamp, are reported in the Autumn 2011 issue of O'Shaughnessy's, the Journal of Cannabis in Clinical practice on pages 17-18, posted at:

http://www.canorml.org/RingTestOShaughnessys_Aut11.pdf

"We embarked on a parallel study of cannabis testing labs to shed light on a significant, unresolved issue within the fledgling medical marijuana industry in California and other states," says Gieringer, "We wanted to know how reliable is the information provided by analytical cannabis labs? Are they adequately serving the needs of medical marijuana patients and providers?"

Ten cannabis labs in two states agreed to participate in an anonymous, side-by-side study to assess the accuracy and precision of their collective work. The participating labs employed a variety of analytical techniques and instrumentation to conduct their analysis.

Six samples drawn from the same sources were tested by each lab: four herbal samples, including one CBD-rich strain, and two tinctures (alcohol extracts).

Results of the Ring Test

- In most cases, lab results were consistent to within plus or minus 20% on replicate samples (and often within 10%). For example, a sample with 10% average THC content might range from 8% to 12% in different tests.  This is similar to the accuracy of the government's potency testing program run by NIDA's lab in Mississippi, as well as comparable government-regulated industries such as environmental testing. Conclusion: The precision and proficiency of a majority of cannabis testing labs compared favorably to other analytical testing industries.

- While a majority of labs performed within acceptable limits, some reported results that deviated substantially from the average, with unacceptable deviations of more than 25% from the mean. Three of the ten labs performed unacceptably on half of the tests. Conclusion: Not all cannabis testing labs are performing up to par; consumers are well advised to check the reputations and professional experience of labs they work with, and to arrange backup tests from more than one lab where accuracy is essential.

- Both gas chromatography (GC) and liquid chromatography (LC) instrumentation yielded accurate results in testing of raw cannabis samples, with comparable and acceptable repeatability for identical samples. Conclusion: Both GC and LC instrumentation should be considered reliable for cannabis potency analysis.

- In the case of the tinctures (alcohol extracts), there were significant discrepancies in the results found by different labs, with GC generally reporting significantly higher potencies than LC. This made it impossible to reliably estimate the actual potency of the original samples. Conclusion: More work is required to assess the accuracy of current methods for testing cannabis tinctures, edibles and other extracts.

 

- No analytical testing lab demonstrated precision that supports reporting cannabinoid results to two decimal places. By unnecessarily reporting results to the one-hundredth percentile, some labs created an unrealistic illusion of precision that raises false expectations regarding the degree to which accuracy is possible, given the 20% variation observed. Conclusion: Labs should re-evaluate the precision level at which results are reported.

The Project CBD / CA NORML Ring Test report is accompanied by a list of ten questions that patients and providers might want to ask when choosing to work with an analytical testing lab.

"Analytical labs provide an important service for the medical marijuana community," says Sarah Russo, Project CBD's outreach coordinator. "We hope that cannabis labs, while competing for market share, will cooperate to improve their methods and maintain a high performance standard. Medical marijuana patients and providers would be well served by labs that share information and assist each other in a collegial manner."

For more information contact: Dale Gieringer at California NORML, [email protected] or Project CBD,[email protected]

Location: 
CA
United States

2011 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference

You're invited to the 2011 Northeast Regional SSDP Conference!

  • Date: Saturday, October 1 - Sunday, October 2 
  • Time: 11am-6pm (10/1), 11am-4pm (10/2)
  • Location: Boston University Kenmore Classroom Building
                       565 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215
  • Register for FREE here: ssdp.org/events/northeast-regional-ssdp-conference-2011 

This weekend, dozens of SSDPers from across the Northeast region will gather at Boston University for our annual Northeast Regional SSDP conference.  Please join us for two days of networking, learning, training, and other activities that will help strengthen our ability to be effective young drug policy reformers.  Registration is free and lunch will be provided.  Donations will be accepted at the door.  Find this event on Facebook.

Confirmed speakers include:

Rick Doblin: Executive Director, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

Stacia Cosner: Associate Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Jason Ortiz: Regional Outreach Coordinator, Students for Sensible Drug Policy

... and of course many other student leaders and alumni will be there to contribute to the discussion and  share their experiences as well.

See you in Boston on Saturday!

Best,

Jason Ortiz
Regional Outreach Coordinator, Northeast & Mountain Plains Regions
Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Date: 
Sat, 10/01/2011 - 11:00am - Sun, 10/02/2011 - 4:00pm
Location: 
556 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

Press Release: Elected Officials and Advocates Applaud Change to Marijuana Arrest Policy, Pledge Further Reform

For Immediate Release:

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, And Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Jumanne D. Williams Joined by Advocates in Front of Police Headquarters to Applaud Change in Policy for Marijuana Arrests

Policy Shift by NYPD Could End Tens of Thousands of Arrests in NYC, Save Tens of Millions of Dollars and Reduce the Funneling of Young Men of Color into the Criminal Justice System

Elected Officials and Advocates Affirm Support for Legislation in Albany that Standardizes Penalties for Marijuana Possession Offenses to Permanently Curb These Arrests Statewide

New York, NY– Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, joined by advocates from the Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives, VOCAL NY, and the Drug Policy Alliance, gathered in front of One Police Plaza today to celebrate an internal order issued by NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly to all precinct commanding officers to stop arresting New Yorkers for small quantities of marijuana if the marijuana was not in plain view.

In 2010, over 54,000 people – mostly black or Latino – were arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana in New York State. Over 50,000 of those arrests occurred in New York City, making it the most frequent arrest citywide. On Monday, September 19th, responding to mounting public pressure from elected officials and advocates, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly issued an operations order that clarified existing marijuana possession laws, instructing officers not to arrest people for marijuana in public view when complying with an officer's demand to "empty their pockets". This change could lead to the reduction of tens of thousands of arrests in New York City.

"The internal directive issued by Commissioner Kelly is a positive step toward a more equitable criminal justice system that treats everyone the same, regardless of race or socioeconomic status,” said Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. “The NYPD's aggressive stop and frisk practices that have lead to the explosion of improper marijuana arrests in communities of color have helped poison the relationship between the community and police. We will continue to push for the passage of state legislation that changes public view possession of small quantities of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a violation.”

Commissioner Kelly’s operations order can be made permanent, and apply to all of New York State, by passing A.7620 (Jeffries) and S.5187 (Grisanti, R-Buffalo). This legislation would standardize penalties for marijuana possession offences, protect New Yorkers from illegal searches, save taxpayer dollars, and bring down the disproportionately high number of arrests among black and Latino men for marijuana-related crimes by eliminating the misdemeanor charge.

"The New York City Police Commissioner did the right thing when he issued his directive not to arrest people who produce small amounts of marijuana in public view when compelled by police," said  New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R- Buffalo). "Unfortunately, this order does not impact people in Buffalo who experience these same situations every day. We can make this order permanent and have it apply statewide by passing legislation in Albany that will help put an end to these racially biased, fiscally wasteful, and unlawful arrests for small amounts of marijuana."

Council Member Mark-Viverito introduced a City Council resolution that Council Member Williams is sponsoring that supports the passage of this legislation.

“The directive issued by Commissioner Kelly is a huge victory for communities of color in the city of New York, who for years have been disproportionately targeted for small-time marijuana arrests” said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito.  “Finally, the NYPD will be respecting the intent of the State law that de-criminalized small amounts of marijuana decades ago, and our youth will no longer face arrest for this small-time offense.  I personally raised this issue with Commissioner Kelly at two different Council hearings earlier this year as a major concern for my district and communities like mine across the city.  I applaud the Commissioner for acting on the concerns that so many of us in the Council and beyond have been expressing about this policy.  We will continue to closely monitor how stop and frisk policies are carried out in our city and to advocate for the passage of the State legislation introduced by Senator Grisanti and Assemblyman Jeffries.”

Marijuana has been decriminalized since 1977, making possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana a violation, punishable by a $100 fine, not arrest and jail. However, possessing or burning marijuana in public view is a criminal offense punishable by arrest and jail.

"Commissioner Kelly has finally answered the alarm sounded by advocates and our communities,” said Council Member Jumaane D. Williams. “However, it will take continued vigilance on all of our parts to make sure that officers are patrol are heeding the message and bringing an end to the racial inequality and fiscal waste of this disturbing trend of illegal arrests. We also must continue to push for the bipartisan state legislation that will ensure this order is made permanent for all New Yorkers.”

Since 1996, the New York City Police Department has made over 535,000 arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Although the “public view” provision was meant to criminalize public display and smoking of marijuana, most of these arrests were not for that offense, but instead the result of complying with an officer's demand to disclose contraband or from a police search and being improperly charged for "marijuana in public view" instead of the non-criminal violation offense. Although marijuana use is higher among whites, 86% of those arrested for marijuana possession were young Black and Latino youth.

Advocates who have worked for years to address the out of control marijuana arrests by NYPD weighed in on the significance of the recent directive.

“It must be noted that these spurious arrests are largely a result of a racially biased and improper stop and frisk practice that often result in illegal searches, and this order does not address this injustice,” said Kyung Ji Rhee, director of  Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives. “We will continue to hold NYPD accountable on this front.”

“It’s about time!,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.  “I just want to give a belated thanks to Ray Kelly for agreeing at last to comply with both the spirit and letter of the marijuana decriminalization law that New York enacted back in 1977.”

"We can't talk about marijuana arrests without bringing up why they happen in the first place - stop and frisks and illegal searches that are targeted in communities of color," said Alfredo Carrasquillo, a community organizer for VOCAL-NY who has been arrested in the past for marijuana possession. "That won't necessarily change as a result of this new policy, but it should. Mayor Bloomberg must also seal the records of people who have been convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana in the past given that he knows how difficult it can make finding a job or housing."

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Location: 
1 Police Plaza
New York, NY
United States

A Rally & Concert to End the War on Drugs

 

Save the Date

 

A Rally & Concert to
End the War on Drugs

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Levitt Pavilion
MacArthur Park, Los Angeles

For more information,
www.nomoredrugwar.org/rally.

 

Sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance and supported by A New PATH, A New Way of Life Re-entry Project, ACLU of California, All of Us or None, Americans for Safe Access, California NORML, California State Conference of the NAACP, Clean Needles Now, Common Ground - The Westside HIV Community Center, Common Sense for Drug Policy, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes, HIV Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative, LA Community Action Network, Labor/Community Strategy Center, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Southern California Immigration Coalition, Southern California Library, Students for Sensible Drug Policy - LA City College, William C. Velasquez Institute, and Youth Justice Coalition.

This event is presented in conjunction with the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, November 2–5, Los Angeles, www.reformconference.org

 

 

Date: 
Thu, 11/03/2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Job Opportunities: Deputy Directors, Program & External Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation's leading organization promoting alternatives to the drug war that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Together with its allies and supporters, DPA advances policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition and seeks solutions that promote safety while upholding the sovereignty of individuals over their own minds and bodies. DPA works to ensure that the United States' drug policies no longer arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm millions -- particularly young people and people of color who are disproportionately affected by the drug war.

DPA actively engages in legislative and ballot initiative campaigns as well as public education to advance its objectives of rolling back the excesses of the drug war and promoting sensible drug policy reforms. Our work to date has resulted in significant reductions in incarceration, expanded access to drug treatment and harm reduction programs, and legalization of medical marijuana in many states. Current priorities include ending marijuana prohibition, significantly reducing criminal penalties and incarceration for drug law violations, integrating harm reduction principles and policies into local, state, national and international drug control policies, and stimulating broader and more informed debate about alternatives to punitive, prohibitionist drug policies.

DPA also operates an advocacy grants program that seeks to promote policy change and advance drug policy reform at the local, state, and national levels. The grants program awards both annual and "rapid response" grants to organizations working for reform.

DPA's work is performed by the Drug Policy Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization, and Drug Policy Action, a 501(c)(4) organization. DPA has an annual operating budget of approximately $10 million. Currently 45 staff members work in DPA's headquarters in New York City as well as in California, Colorado, New Jersey, New Mexico and Washington, DC. DPA is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors.

Deputy Director, Programs:

In this newly created role, the Deputy Director, Programs, reporting to the Executive Director, will work with the Executive Director, board and staff to develop and implement DPA's vision and strategic direction and ensure that its work is innovative, high-impact and strategically focused. S/he will be a thoughtful, creative and dynamic leader and manager who excels at leading a talented and engaged team.

The Deputy Director, Programs will supervise seven direct reports, including the Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives, Director of National Affairs, Director of Legal Affairs, and the California, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York State Directors. It is anticipated that s/he will devote 40% of her/his time to the supervision of a dedicated and professional staff of 26, 30% to external relations and outreach, and 30% to senior management team responsibilities.

During the first twelve months of employment, the Deputy Director, Programs will be expected to:

  • Thoroughly immerse herself/himself in DPA -- its history, mission, philosophy, programs, structure and operations, finances, constituencies, organizational culture and values, and potential;
  • Establish a solid working partnership with DPA's Executive Director in order to bring forth his best ideas and efforts, gain his support, and undertake special projects at his behest;
  • Begin to develop and leverage relationships with key opinion leaders -- including partner organizations, non-profit leaders, and government and elected officials -- among diverse communities including and beyond drug policy reform supporters; involve DPA colleagues in external relationship building as appropriate;
  • Get to know DPA's staff, understand their programs thoroughly, work collaboratively with them in order to bring forth their best ideas and efforts; serve as a sounding board and act as a liaison between staff and the Executive Director;
  • Get to know members of the Board of Directors, Honorary Board of Directors and other key DPA stakeholders; use their talents, resources and ideas to enhance public policy activities; encourage their ongoing participation;
  • Provide oversight and continuity for DPA's current public policy programs;
  • Become an effective spokesperson for DPA, increasing awareness of DPA's mission and work and broadening the organization's reputation and visibility among policymakers, media, funders and other constituencies.

On an ongoing basis, the Deputy Director, Programs will be expected to:

Management:

  • Provide oversight, strategy, and direction for DPA's public policy program;
  • Serve as a strategic partner with and senior advisor to the Executive Director;
  • Serve as a key member of DPA's senior management team, participating in the development and implementation of policies, strategy, short- and long-term planning, and financial and operational goals and objectives;
  • Lead the public policy program in a fiscally sound manner; develop organizational budgets in tandem with the Managing Director of Finance and Administration; approve and monitor program expenses; ensure that appropriate systems and procedures are in place to support DPA's goals;
  • Supervise, coach, mentor and evaluate senior public policy managers; work closely with senior managers to ensure the flow of relevant information and encourage effective coordination between and among teams; recruit, train, support and work to retain a diverse, engaged, and talented staff; identify and develop professional growth opportunities for staff.

Program:

  • In partnership with the Executive Director and public policy staff, lead efforts to identify public policy priorities and facilitate decision making;
  • Work with staff to ensure that DPA remains at the cutting edge of drug policy reform work, ensure consistent high-quality and maximum impact for DPA's work;
  • Develop and plan special/new initiatives and projects;
  • Work with program directors and the communications department to plan and coordinate DPA's participation in public forums, among national coalition partners, at national and international conferences, and in the media; engage consistently with a range of external audiences to promote DPA's agenda;
  • Collaborate as appropriate with the development department to assist with raising funds to suport DPA's public policy work;

Ideally, the Deputy Director should have the following experience and qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of experience managing and leading people with an emphasis on organizational development; ability to connect to staff, both on an individual level and in groups; capacity to ensure accountability and to develop and empower top-notch leaders; experience in managing change is desirable;
  • Extensive experience at the national or local level in policy development, including leading policy development and advocacy coalitions; demonstrated substantive strength in one or more key areas of DPA's work is desired;
  • Proven ability to lead and engage in strategic planning processes; able to think critically, objectively, analytically, and strategically and to set priorities; a successful track record of initiating and fostering the growth of programs, projects and/or organizations;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; well-developed public speaking skills are a plus;
  • Credibility and experience to connect DPA to resources and opportunities outside the organization;
  • A Bachelor's degree is a minimum requirement; a law degree or advanced degree in a relevant discipline is preferred.

Ideally, the Deputy Director will be:

  • Committed to the values that inform DPA's work; a catalyst with vision who can create excitement and energy around DPA's programs and encourage others to support the goals of the organization;
  • Persuasive, persistent, and creative in the pursuit of DPA's goals; strategic and resourceful;
  • An outstanding relationship builder with the integrity, maturity, confidence, wisdom, patience, flexibility, creativity and the problem-solving skills necessary to gain the trust and confidence of DPA's staff, board, funders, and other constituencies;
  • A team builder; able to delegate and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities; one who inspires collaboration, functions decisively, and treats people fairly; one who understands the subtleties of motivating, directing and working with diverse, strong, independent personalities and work styles;
  • Savvy, and able to help staff advance their goals and maximize their contributions in a challenging organizational climate; able to manage complex decision-making processes and negotiate organizational change; diplomatic;
  • A highly skilled communicator and a keen listener;
  • Emotionally mature and self-confident, with a sense of humor.

Deputy Director, External Affairs

In this newly created role, the Deputy Director, External Affairs, will provide the leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for expanding DPA's fundraising and outreach to new and emerging constituencies. Reporting to the Executive Director, and in partnership with staff, board, and key volunteers, the Deputy Director will create and implement fundraising and outreach strategies that increase the organization's financial resources and broaden support for DPA's work among existing and new audiences, including and beyond drug policy reform stakeholders.

The Deputy Director, External Affairs will be broadly responsible for coordinating fundraising, outreach and communications activities throughout the organization; direct supervision of the Managing Director, Communications and the Managing Director, Development; and oversight of a dedicated and professional team of 14. It is anticipated that s/he will devote 60% of her/his time to development, 30% to communications and
outreach, and 10% to senior management team responsibilities.

During the first twelve months of employment, the Deputy Director will be expected to:

  • Thoroughly immerse herself/himself in DPA -- its history, mission, philosophy, programs, structure and operations, finances, constituencies, organizational culture and values, and potential;
  • Establish a solid working partnership with DPA's Executive Director and undertake special projects at his behest;
  • Establish a solid supervisory and mentoring relationship with the Managing Directors of Development and Communications;
  • Begin to develop and leverage relationships with key opinion leaders -- including business, academic, and non-profit leaders, government officials, and celebrities -- among diverse communities including and beyond drug policy reform supporters; and involve DPA colleagues and board members in external relationship building as appropriate;
  • Get to know DPA colleagues and programs, and collaborate with them to inform fundraising, outreach and communications strategies;
  • Get to know members of the Board of Directors, Honorary Board of Directors and other key DPA stakeholders; use their talents, resources and ideas to enhance fundraising activities; and encourage their ongoing participation as donors and solicitors;
  • Become an effective spokesperson for DPA, increasing awareness of DPA's mission and work and broadening the organization's reputation and visibility among policymakers, media, funders and other constituencies.

On an ongoing basis, the Deputy Director, External Affairs will be expected to:

Management:

  • Serve as a strategic partner with and senior advisor to the Executive Director and play a leading role on DPA's senior management team, participating in the development and implementation of policies, strategy, planning and financial and operational goals and objectives;
  • Lead the development and communications departments in a fiscally sound manner; develop organizational budgets in tandem with the Managing Director of Finance and Administration; approve and monitor program expenses; and ensure that appropriate systems and procedures are in place to support DPA's goals;
  • Supervise, coach, mentor and evaluate senior colleagues; work closely with senior managers to ensure the flow of relevant information and encourage effective coordination between and among teams; work with managing directors to recruit, train, support and work to retain a diverse, engaged and talented staff; and identify and develop professional growth opportunities for staff.

Fundraising:

  • In partnership with the Executive Director, board and staff, provide the leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for expanding DPA's fundraising efforts;
  • Maintain a proactive, creative leadership role in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of individual and institutional donors; cultivate and directly solicit key donors, working with the Executive Director, key staff, and Board, as appropriate;
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with the philanthropic community and individual donors; serve as a visible spokesperson and advocate for DPA's mission and programs in the funding community;
  • Prepare the annual fundraising plan in collaboration with the Executive Director and the development team for presentation to the Board of Directors; provide detailed reports about fundraising progress to the Executive Director and the Board on a regular basis;
  • Mentor development staff on fundraising practices and professional development;.
  • Provide management oversight of development staff.

Communications:

  • Oversee all external communications about DPA's mission, programs, activities, and results;
  • Leverage DPA's visibility, reputation and influence in diverse high-profile academic, cultural, scientific and political settings by maximizing exposure of the Executive Director, DPA staff, and DPA messages among key constituencies beyond the growing drug policy reform community.
  • Oversee continued integration of communications and development efforts to ensure consistency of message.
  • Represent the Executive Director and DPA generally in public forums, among national coalition partners, at national and international conferences, and in the media.
  • In partnership with staff, capitalize on the existing success of and further develop DPA's reputation and credibility as a resource among key local, national and international media;

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

  • At least ten years of proven, successful experience building and expanding complex fundraising and communications initiatives in a sophisticated organization with a reputation for quality and excellence, ideally with extensive major gifts expertise;
  • A successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual donors and institutions for support; experience with social justice fundraising is desirable;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and quickly gain the respect and support of various constituencies, including board and staff members, donors, civic leaders, policymakers and members of the media;
  • A track record as an effective communicator; Highly skilled in writing and speaking, with the ability to communicate DPA's mission and interests to diverse audiences;

Ideally, the Deputy Director, External Affairs will be:

  • Committed to the values that inform DPA's work; a catalyst with vision who can create excitement and energy around DPA's programs and encourage others to support the goals of the organization;
  • Persuasive, persistent, and creative in the pursuit of DPA's goals; strategic and resourceful;
  • An outstanding relationship builder with the integrity, maturity, confidence, wisdom, patience, flexibility, creativity and problem-solving skills necessary to gain the trust and confidence of DPA's staff, board, funders, and other constituencies;
  • A team builder; able to delegate and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities; one who inspires collaboration, functions decisively, and treats people fairly; one who understands the subtleties of motivating, directing and working with diverse, strong, independent personalities and work styles;
  • Savvy, and able to help staff advance their goals and maximize their contributions in a challenging organizational climate; able to manage complex decision-making processes and negotiate organizational change; diplomatic;
  • A detail oriented self-starter and finisher;
  • Emotionally mature and self-confident, with a sense of humor.

To learn more about the Drug Policy Alliance, please visit www.drugpolicy.org.

To apply for the position, please submit a substantive cover letter and current resume to Lauren I. Gumbs, Senior Partner, Gumbs + Partners, [email protected].

The Drug Policy Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, or sexual orientation.

New York, NY
United States

Announcement: The 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, LA

StoptheDrugWar.org (DRCNet) is pleased to be a partner in the upcoming 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, this November 2-5 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Reform Conference, sponsored by our friends at the Drug Policy Alliance, is the major biennial gathering of drug policy reformers of all kinds. The last one, held in Albuquerque in 2009, brought 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. Click here to register -- early bird rates are available through September 16, and discounts are available for students.

Some testimonials from the 2009 conference:

"You leave the conference inspired and informed. Meeting this crowd of wise, energetic kindred spirits recharges your reform batteries."
--Michael Jourdan, Centre of Alcohol and Drug Research, Copenhagen, Denmark

"This is the only conference that combines X-treme intelligence, passion, and practical applications. It is the best I ever attend."
--Patt Denning, Harm Reduction Therapy Center, San Francisco, California

"A living breathing think tank of like minds, crafting out solutions that keep people's dignity and human rights intact."
--Waheedah Sahabzz-El, Community HIV / AIDS Mobilization Project, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"This conference provided a new beginning for me, I now have a true passion for DPR."
--Susanne Widmer, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"The Reform Conference gave me the courage to return to my Canadian community and give voice to the common sense of Drug Policy Reform. The experience provided me with the evidence, language and tools to be a credible, educated leader in changing the way we approach the issue of substance use in our community."
--Patty Hajdu, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada


Hope to see you there.

CA 90071
United States

Video: "Count the Costs of the War on Drugs," Events in Five European Capitals

Actions organized by the European Drug Policy Initiative in Sofia, Bucharest, Warsaw, Oslo and Porto -- part of the "Count the Costs of the War on Drugs" campaign, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs:

Click here for more information, including a short promo video for the campaign.

NAACP Calls for End to War on Drugs

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has now officially broken with the war on drugs. At its 102nd annual convention in Los Angeles Tuesday, the nation's oldest and largest black advocacy group passed an historic resolution calling for an end to the drug war.

screening of "10 Rules for Dealing with Police," NAACP national conference, July 2010
The title of the resolution pretty much says it all: "A Call to End the War on Drugs, Allocate Funding to Investigate Substance Abuse Treatment, Education, and Opportunities in Communities of Color for A Better Tomorrow."

"Today the NAACP has taken a major step towards equity, justice and effective law enforcement," said Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP.  "These flawed drug policies that have been mostly enforced in African American communities must be stopped and replaced with evidenced-based practices that address the root causes of drug use and abuse in America."

The resolution noted that the US spends over $40 billion a year to battle against drugs and locks up hundreds of thousands of low-level drug offenders, mostly from communities of color. Blacks are 13 times as likely to be imprisoned for low-level drug offenses as whites, despite using drugs at roughly the same rate as whites, the group noted.

"Studies show that all racial groups abuse drugs at similar rates, but the numbers also show that African Americans, Hispanics and other people of color are stopped, searched, arrested, charged, convicted, and sent to prison for drug-related charges at a much higher rate," said Alice Huffman, President of the California State Conference of the NAACP, which last year endorsed California's Prop 19 marijuana legalization initiative. "This dual system of drug law enforcement that serves to keep African-Americans and other minorities under lock and key and in prison must be exposed and eradicated."

Instead of choking the US criminal justice system with drug offenders, the resolution called for an investment in treatment and prevention programs, including methadone clinics and treatment programs proven effective.

"We know that the war on drugs has been a complete failure because in the forty years that we’ve been waging this war, drug use and abuse has not gone down," said Robert Rooks, director of the NAACP Criminal Justice Program. "The only thing we've accomplished is becoming the world's largest incarcerator, sending people with mental health and addiction issues to prison, and creating a system of racial disparities that rivals Jim Crow policies of the 1960's."

Neill Franklin, an African American former narcotics cop from Baltimore and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, made a presentation about ending the war on drugs to the conference Monday, and had more to say Tuesday.   

"The NAACP has been on the forefront of the struggle for civil rights and social justice in this country for over a century. The fact that these leaders are joining others like the National Black Police Association in calling for an end to the 'war on drugs' should be a wake up call to those politicians - including and especially President Obama - who still have not come to terms with the devastation that the 'drug war' causes in our society and especially in communities of color."

Although passed by delegates to the convention, the resolution must be ratified by the NAACP board of directors in October. Once that happens, the NAACP's 1,200 active units across the country will mobilize to conduct campaigns advocating for the end of the war on drugs.

The African-American community has long suffered the brunt of drug law enforcement in this country, but has proven remarkably resistant to calls to reform our drug policies, in part because it has also suffered the effects of drug abuse. That the nation's leading African-American organization has taken a stand against the drug war is a big deal.

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