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One Day Left to Make a Tax-Deductible (or other) Donation in 2017!

Dear Reformer,

There's just one day left to make a tax-deductible (or other) donation in 2017. If you're doing more giving this year, would you include us among the organizations you support?

David Borden opening our March 2017 UN event featuring a video from the Vice President of the Philippines
Your tax-deductible donation for our programs, or your non-deductible donation for our specifically US legislative work, will help us take on the challenges drug policy and reformers face today:

Thanks to contributions from our members, StoptheDrugWar.org has fought this fight for 24 years. Please visit our updated About page, our expanded Reform Global Drug Policy page and our just-published Philippines page to learn about the unique role we play in drug policy.

Click here for Issue 1,000 of our Drug War Chronicle newsletter, including Phil Smith's Biggest Domestic Drug Policy Stories and Biggest International Drug Policy Stories of the Past Twenty Years.

The challenges we're facing today are more urgent than ever, and we need your support to meet those challenges. We need to press supportive members of Congress to stand up, and our opponents to back down. We need to spotlight the administration's actions in the media. And we need to press our case in Washington, in the states and at the UN. Will you donate to StoptheDrugWar.org today to help?

    Visit https://stopthedrugwar.org/donate to give by credit card or PayPal. If you want to donate by mail, send your check or money order to P.O. Box 9853, Washington, DC 20016. Tax-deductible donations should be made payable to DRCNet Foundation, our 501(c)(3) nonprofit; or non-deductible donations should be payable to Drug Reform Coordination Network, our 501(c)(4) lobbying nonprofit. Visit https://stopthedrugwar.org/about to read more about our programs, for info on how to donate stocks, and for other info.

    We couldn't have done this without you, and we need your support to continue it in 2018. I hope you'll take a moment to renew your support or become a new member of our organization at this dangerous and critical, but still promising time in the issue.

    Thank you for your support!

    Sincerely,

    David Borden, Executive Director
    StoptheDrugWar.org
    P.O. Box 9853, Washington, DC 20016
    http://stopthedrugwar.org

    Please Renew Your Support or Become a New Member This Year

    Dear Reformer:

    Last week I warned that hardliners in Washington are trying to undo the progress we've made in stopping the drug war. From prosecutions to asset forfeiture to sentencing to human rights, the president and the attorney general are largely making wrong and wrongful moves. Committee chairs in Congress are blocking good bipartisan bills. Even medical marijuana is at risk now. The president has encouraged human rights violations in other countries' drug wars. And legalization is up in the air.

    David Borden opening our March 2017 UN event featuring a video from the Vice President of the Philippines
    Your support has made our work possible for 24 years. Thanks to contributions from our members, StoptheDrugWar.org has pressed for reform, grown the movement, and advanced the legalization debate. But the challenges we're facing are more urgent today than ever.

    As I've written, our organization continues to play a unique role for drug policy reform, in both the US and international arenas, and our staff make up some of the movement's most experienced human capital. We recently published issue 1000 of our widely-used newsletter, Drug War Chronicle. We are pressing a comprehensive drug policy reform agenda at the United Nations. And we're playing a significant leadership role (info here and here) in the international campaign to stop Rodrigo Duterte's brutal drug war killing campaign in the Philippines.

    Your generous donation will help us advance these programs while holding the line on policy. We can't do this work without your support, and the remaining days this year really count. I hope you'll take a moment to renew your support or become a new member of our organization at this dangerous and critical, but still promising time in the issue.

    Visit https://stopthedrugwar.org/donate to give by credit card or PayPal. If you want to donate by mail, send your check or money order to P.O. Box 9853, Washington, DC 20016. Tax-deductible donations should be made payable to DRCNet Foundation, our 501(c)(3) nonprofit; or non-deductible donations should be payable to Drug Reform Coordination Network, our 501(c)(4) lobbying nonprofit. Visit https://stopthedrugwar.org/about to read more about our programs, for info on how to donate stocks, and for other info.

    Thank you for your support!

    Sincerely,

    David Borden, Executive Director
    StoptheDrugWar.org
    P.O. Box 9853, Washington, DC 20016
    http://stopthedrugwar.org

    Please Renew Your Support or Become a New Member

    Dear Reformer:

    From prosecutions to asset forfeiture to sentencing to human rights, hardliners in Washington are trying to undo our progress. The president and the attorney general are pushing to ramp up the drug war. Committee chairs in Congress are stopping good bipartisan bills from getting voted on. Even medical marijuana is at risk now. The president has encouraged human rights violations in other countries' drug wars.

    Your support has made our work possible for 24 years. Thanks to contributions from our members, StoptheDrugWar.org has pressed for reform, grown the movement, and advanced the legalization debate. But the challenges we're facing are more urgent today than ever.

    Our organization continues to play a unique role for drug policy reform, in both the US and international arenas, and our staff make up some of the movement's most experienced human capital. Your generous donation will help us advance our programs and do our part to hold the line on policy. This year we've done the following:

    We couldn't have done this without you, and we need your support to continue it in 2018. I hope you'll take a moment to renew your support or become a new member of our organization at this dangerous and critical, but still promising time in the issue.

    Visit https://stopthedrugwar.org/donate to give by credit card or PayPal. If you want to donate by mail, send your check or money order to P.O. Box 9853, Washington, DC 20016. Tax-deductible donations should be made payable to DRCNet Foundation, our 501(c)(3) nonprofit; or non-deductible donations should be payable to Drug Reform Coordination Network, our 501(c)(4) lobbying nonprofit. Visit https://stopthedrugwar.org/about to read more about our programs, for info on how to donate stocks, and for other info.

    Thank you for your support!

    Sincerely,

    David Borden, Executive Director
    StoptheDrugWar.org
    P.O. Box 9853, Washington, DC 20016
    http://stopthedrugwar.org

    Please Renew Your Support or Become a New Member

    Dear Reformer:

    From prosecutions to asset forfeiture to sentencing to human rights, hardliners in Washington are trying to undo our progress. The president and the attorney general are pushing to ramp up the drug war. Committee chairs in Congress are stopping good bipartisan bills from getting voted on. Even medical marijuana is at risk now. The president has encouraged human rights violations in other countries' drug wars.

    Your support has made our work possible for 24 years. Thanks to contributions from our members, StoptheDrugWar.org has pressed for reform, grown the movement, and advanced the legalization debate. But the challenges we're facing are more urgent today than ever.

    Our organization continues to play a unique role for drug policy reform, in both the US and international arenas, and our staff make up some of the movement's most experienced human capital. Your generous donation will help us advance our programs and do our part to hold the line on policy. This year we've done the following:

    We couldn't have done this without you, and we need your support to continue it in 2018. I hope you'll take a moment to renew your support or become a new member of our organization at this dangerous and critical, but still promising time in the issue.

    Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/donate to donate by credit card or PayPal, or visit our About page for info on donating by mail or contributing stocks, or to read more about our programs. We accept tax-deductible donations for our 501(c)(3) nonprofit, as well as non-deductible donations for our 501(c)(4) lobbying nonprofit.

    Thank you for your support!

    Sincerely,

    David Borden, Executive Director
    StoptheDrugWar.org
    P.O. Box 9853, Washington, DC 20016
    http://stopthedrugwar.org

    Action Alerts, #GivingTuesday, Issue 1000, Remembering Rep. Hinchey

    I hope that those of you who mark Thanksgiving had a good holiday. I'm writing today with some time-sensitive action alerts for those of us in the US, with some updates related to our organization, and some observations on recent news.

    1. Medical Marijuana Is Under Threat: As you may have read on our web site and from other sources, medical marijuana in the US is facing its greatest threat in years. Since late 2014, legislation currently known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, a clause of the "Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies" (CJS) budget, has protected medical marijuana providers, by forbidding the US Dept. of Justice from spending taxpayer funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws.

    Unfortunately, like other laws related to the budget, the amendment needs to be reauthorized by Congress each year to stay in effect. And while it's passed in the Senate already, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives prevented the well-supported bipartisan measure from getting a vote. This situation means that the fate of the amendment, and perhaps of medical marijuana itself, will be decided by a House-Senate "conference committee" charged with reconciling the two chambers' CJS bills. If that fails to happen, there's no telling what the Jeff Sessions Justice Department under the Trump administration will do.

    Our request is for you to call your US Representative's office in Washington, DC and ask them to support medical marijuana by insisting the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment be included in the final version of the Commerce Justice Science appropriations bill. You can reach your rep's office through the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Please email us at [email protected] to let us know, especially if the office tells you anything about what your congressman plans to do. I also hope you'll fill our our write-to-Congress form on this issue here– that will enable us to let you know if you're in a state or district represented on the conference committee.

    There is likely to a Continuing Resolution on the budget by Friday, December 8th, when the current resolution expires. Please take action on this before then.

    2. We Still Need Your Help to Stop the Philippines Drug War Bloodbath: Last week I emailed and posted about S. 1055, the "Philippines Human Rights Accountability and Counternarcotics Act of 2017," which would impose human rights conditions on law enforcement assistance to the Philippines, while funding good programs there that provide alternatives to the drug war. This week Pres. Duterte signaled that he plans to ramp up his drug war killing campaign again.

    President Trump has contributed to the slaughter, first by praising Duterte's anti-drug campaign two times while the killings continued, and then through his silence or near-silence on the matter at the ASEAN Summit earlier this month. That means Congress needs to take action. Please write to Congress in support of S. 1055, and when you're done please ask your two US Senators to pass the bill, and your US Representative to support companion legislation in the House.

    We especially need your help if your Representative is on the House Appropriations Committee, or if either of your Senators is on the Senate Appropriations Committee. We need your help triply more even than that, if you live in Tennessee, or in Rep. Ed Royce's Congressional district in the LA/Orange County area.

    Here again we are asking you to act before December 8th before the new budget resolution gets done. And please check out our sign-on statement and press coverage to see what else we're doing about this.

    3. #GivingTuesday: This Tuesday, November 28th, is #GivingTuesday, a global campaign by many individuals and organizations to encourage giving to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. I hope you will take the opportunity to support our organization and other good causes you believe in.

    I'm going to be honest and say that it has gotten harder to raise money for this kind of work, despite the great progress that we're making. We could use your help. If you've given in the past but not lately, or if you've been thinking of starting to support us financially, maybe #GivingTuesday will be the day! Our About page and other pages it links to have lots more information on our programs to help you decide.

    The online donation forms for our 501(c)(3) nonprofit, DRCNet Foundation, and our 501(c)(4) lobbying nonprofit Drug Reform Coordination Network, support making donations by credit card or PayPal; and you can make a donation on a one-time basis, or for a recurring donation monthly, quarterly or annually. Our mailing address to donate that way instead is P.O. Box 9853, Washington, DC 20016. You can find info on donating stocks in the donations section of our About page.

    4. Issue 1000 of the Drug War Chronicle newsletter: You may have noticed that the latest issue of our Drug War Chronicle newsletter, sent out Wednesday, was #998. In less than two weeks we are publishing issue #1000!

    If you're a Chronicle regular, please help us mark the occasion by sending a testimonial about how you use the newsletter to further reform. And be sure to check your email or our web site for Phil Smith' review of what's changed during the 20 years since the Chronicle was launched.

    Donations to DRCNet Foundation, as linked above, can support the Chronicle, or our other educational and non-lobbying programs.

    5. Remembering Maurice Hinchey: The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment that I wrote about above, which protects medical marijuana, originally was called the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment. It was named after its first lead Democratic sponsor, Rep. Maurice Hinchey of New York state. We were saddened to read news of his passing at age 79.

    Another issue Rep. Hinchey worked on was one we played a role in for many years, repealing a provision of the Higher Education Act passed in 1998 that delays or denies financial aid for college to students because of drug convictions. Thanks in part to Rep. Hinchey's support, the law got scaled back in 2006, and legislation to further scale it back passed the House in 2010.

    Rep. Hinchey spoke at a press conference we organized outside the US Capitol in May 2002, and at other events for the issue, along with all his other good work. We've missed him in Congress since he retired in 2013, and he will be even more missed now, by us and many others.

    The Wolves Are At the Door

    The wolves are at the door! Donald Trump's nominations to his Cabinet and other key positions include many, many drug warriors. They are likely to take apart much of the progress we've made on marijuana legalization, sentencing reform and other critical issues, if our movement doesn't present a strong enough resistance to them.

    We need your help, now and in the coming year, to make the drug war too politically costly for Trump to wage it or Congress to allow him to. Will you donate to StoptheDrugWar.org today to help us stop Trump's drug warriors?

    The threat is very real. Trump's attorney general pick, Jeff Sessions, blocked modest bipartisan sentencing reform in the Senate and claims that "marijuana users are bad people." His HHS pick, Tom Price, is one of the most consistently anti-marijuana figures in the House of Representatives. His pick for EPA chief is the Oklahoma attorney general who sued Colorado over its legalization initiative. His reported pick for drug czar is Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, who campaigned against the state's medical marijuana initiative. And there are more.

    Trump's reported nominee for the FDA, Jim O'Neill, is a prominent supporter of marijuana legalization, which is good, but one person at the table isn't going to be enough. Trump himself said he would respect state's marijuana laws – but Trump has said a lot of things, and personnel are policy. Trump apparently praised Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte for his murderous drug war, in which 6,000 people have already been killed without trial by police or vigilantes at Duterte's urging. Reportedly he offered to have Duterte over at the White House too, an obscene invitation that would stain the nation's honor and set back human rights efforts.

    If I sound alarmed, it's because I am. But I don't think all is lost -- not by any means -- and we don't know for sure what the new administration or Congress will do. What I do know is we need every good drug policy group to be in as strong shape as possible, starting now. That's why I hope you will make a generous end-of-2016 donation or sign up for a recurring donation to continue in 2017.

    Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/donating to donate by credit card or PayPal (note the new URL), or visit our About page for info on donating by mail or contributing stocks, or to read more about our programs. We accept tax-deductible donations for our 501(c)(3) nonprofit, as well as non-deductible donations for our 501(c)(4) lobbying nonprofit.

    Thank you for supporting drug policy reform and for standing with us at this challenging time.

    Sincerely,

    David Borden, Executive Director
    StoptheDrugWar.org
    P.O. Box 9853, Washington, DC 20016
    http://stopthedrugwar.org

    P.S. Please write your senators and ask them to oppose the Sessions nomination.

    Please take our survey on how we should navigate the Trump presidency, online here.

    SURVEY: Please Help StoptheDrugWar.org Navigate the Trump Presidency

    Like everyone else, we at StoptheDrugWar.org are thinking through how to respond to the challenges of the new political environment. Please help us with that process by taking our survey on drug policy reform during the Trump presidency. The survey should appear below, or if it doesn't then click here.

    We are also seeking donations as 2016 draws to a close. If you are willing to help us in that way, please visit our online donation form, where you can donate by credit card or PayPal. For information on donating by mail or contributing stocks, or for more information about our programs, please visit our About page.

    Thank you for your survey responses or donations, and for your continuing support for drug policy reform.

    StoptheDrugWar.org's Mission Today, And Why Your Support Is Needed

    Dear reformer,

    I am writing to update you on StoptheDrugWar.org's current mission, and to ask your help with a tax-deductible or other donation during 2015.

    Things have evolved since we first set up shop in the '90s, and they've evolved in our favor. Back then, people were just starting to talk about drug policy. As one of a handful of national organizations, we led the way getting the word out and organizing people online for legalization, sentencing reform, medical marijuana, stopping the international drug war and other issues. We built a platform, and used it to build the movement and empower the people working in it.

    Today we are winning marijuana legalization. Reform of drug sentencing is one of the few bipartisan issues in Congress -- what a change! More people are talking about the big picture of drug prohibition, not just of marijuana, and about prohibition's ills than ever did before.

    When looking at the current needs of the issue and the movement, and our own organization's position in it, we saw three particular ways we could continue to make a special difference. Those are:

    • Organizing a US coalition to work for changes at the UN and in US foreign policy, including but not limited to reforming the UN drug treaties;
    • Carrying out that effort in a way that moves the debate on broader drug legalization forward, while supporting current marijuana legalization efforts; and
    • Making sure our newsletter focuses on the most unique role it still plays -- providing advocates with comprehensive tracking of all the different of areas of drug policy that affect their work.

    Our work this year has matched those needs. We launched that coalition, getting its message to high-level US officials, to news media, and to hundreds of diplomats. We recruited major, mainstream organizations onto our sign-on statement, calling for the right of countries to experiment with legalization and for other reforms like ending the death penalty for drug offenses. And we published nearly 50 issues of Drug War Chronicle, bringing over 430 articles to our readers including our comprehensive daily roundups on all things drug policy, our in-depth articles on selected topics, and our ongoing features like the medical marijuana update, police corruption reports and drug war deaths series.

    Our ability to move these campaigns forward depends on the generosity of our donors. We don't receive government funding, and large foundations have barely started to look at the issue. Most importantly, the movement's success means that there are more needs to be funded. Whether we can seize the opportunities that success has presented us with, depends on the generosity of supporters like you. Will you take this challenge with us as we move into the historic year ahead?

    Thank you if you have read this far and are considering making a donation for our work. Donations to our tax-deductible nonprofit, DRCNet Foundation, and our non-deductible lobbying nonprofit, Drug Reform Coordination Network, both can be put toward these uses that I've described. 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.

    2016 is going to be an historic year -- with your help. Thank you for being a part of changing drug policy – together we are getting it done.

    Sincerely,

    David Borden, Executive Director
    StoptheDrugWar.org
    P.O. Box 9853
    Washington, DC 20016
    http://stopthedrugwar.org
    "U.S. and U.N. Drug Policy Reform"

    Marijuana Market Data Report from ArcView

    Our August sponsor, The ArcView Group, has released its 3rd edition of the State of Legal Marijuana Markets. The first 100 people to use the discount code SDW100 will get a $100 discount, and StoptheDrugWar.org will receive a $75 donation too.

    In the report, ArcView found that the legal marijuana market grew 74% from $1.5 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion in 2014. That's incredible growth driven almost entirely by the passing of new state-level marijuana laws.

    This is the definitive market report covering the economic side of this remarkable moment in history.

     

    So much happened in 2014 that the report is has over 340 pages of beautiful charts, graphs and other insightful information that The ArcView Group made very easy and fun to read and digest.

    Some things you'll find in this report:

    • The inside scoop on the unique market dynamics playing out in each of the state markets (plus Washington, DC).
    • Predictions on the next states to pass new cannabis laws.
    • Review of the top 13 trends driving the cannabis industry today and in the near future.
    • Retail and wholesale sales estimates nationally and in each state for 2014, projections for 2015 and 2016, and a 5-year forecast.
    • Ranking of each state in terms of consumer access, opportunities for new entrants, market growth, sales, and other key market statistics.
    • Market trend information on ancillary products and services categories, such as insurance, product testing, software development, information data services, tourism, and more.
    • Profiles of 22 leading companies in the cannabis industry, featuring company overview, industry sector SWOT analysis, industry advice, and "The ArcView Bottom Line."
    • A detailed timeline of important industry moments, from the founding of NORML in the 70's to the Founder's Fund investing in the industry in 2015.
    • Access to an easy to reference matrix of the key regulatory elements that drive business decisions in each state, such as whether licenses are given out by a lottery or merit system, whether there is broad consumer access or limited consumer access, whether out-of-state investment is allowed or not, and many more key elements crucial to the decision to enter any given state market.

    This report digs deep below the surface to give you insider analysis on each of the key trends along with high-level analysis of each state's economic and regulatory microclimate and interviews with the top players.

    If you plan to make any expensive decisions regarding the legal cannabis industry this year, you deserve to have access to the most actionable and detailed data and analysis by the top insiders in the industry.

    For the cost of one or two hours of a top experts time, you get the benefit of hundreds of their hours and original data all distilled down into a primer for making economic history.

    Order your copy today to get digital access now and the full 340 page full-color hardcover collector's edition in a few weeks. Remember, if you use the discount code "SDW100" you will receive $100 off and StoptheDrugWar.org will receive a $75 donation.

    Sincerely,

    David Borden, Executive Director
    StoptheDrugWar.org
    Washington, DC
    http://stopthedrugwar.org

    P.S. ArcView's other division, The ArcView Investor Network, hosts members-only "Arc Tank" events in cities around the country. To get more info and to see if you qualify to join the ArcView Investor Network, please inquire here.

    Two Reasons Why Now's the Time to Step Up

    StoptheDrugWar.org is at a critical moment in our work. Our campaign to reform global drug policy is gaining traction; but while grantors are considering major funding for it, those funds are not yet in place. We have stretched things to move the project forward already, and we need your help at this time to do more. Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/global/ to learn more about this effort and for links you can follow to the press we've gotten.

    Our ongoing educational publishing work also continues to play an important role, and is relied on by advocates around the world. There is no other source besides our web site where one can find a comprehensive rundown on all the news stories of interest in all the different areas of drug policy reform. Because there is so much more going on now than there used to be, many of those stories now only get links. But that's our way of getting the this needed job done, and it's a good problem to have. Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle to read the latest in our Drug War Chronicle newsletter if you haven't lately.

    If you were planning to donate to our organization at some point, but weren't sure when, or if you've been thinking about it but just haven't gotten to it yet, I hope you'll make this the time. June, unfortunately, is a "dry season" for donations to organizations, despite our having had rain here in Washington the last few days. Your gift today or this week -- whether it's a large one, or a small one together with those made by others -- could be what makes the difference in our being able to press forward full speed at this important moment.

    Donations to our tax-deductible nonprofit, DRCNet Foundation, and our non-deductible lobbying nonprofit, Drug Reform Coordination Network, both can be put toward these uses that I've described. 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.

    Thank you for your support and for taking the time to read this message. With your help, we will change things for the better -- time, and the truth, are on our side!

    Sincerely,

    David Borden, Executive Director
    StoptheDrugWar.org
    P.O. Box 9853
    Washington, DC 20016
    http://stopthedrugwar.org

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