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December 10 is Human Rights Day

This Sunday is the UN's annual Human Rights Day. It's never been more important to work for human rights than now, including for drug policy reformers.

Please Renew Your Support or Become a New Member

Member support has made StoptheDrugWar.org's work possible for 24 years. As hardliners in the administration and Congress push to ramp up the drug war again, we need your support now more than ever at this dangerous but still promising time. We hope you'll take this opportunity to renew your support or become a new member.

Organizational Bulletin: Action Alerts, #GivingTuesday Follow-Up, Issue 1000, Remembering Rep. Hinchey

As issue #1000 of the Drug War Chronicle newsletter approaches, we ask you to take advocacy actions, we ask for your financial support, and we stop to remember one of reform's best allies.

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

As issue #1000 of the Drug War Chronicle newsletter approaches, we ask you to take advocacy actions, we ask for your financial support, and we stop to remember one of reform's best allies.

ALERT: Medical Marijuana Is Under Threat -- Tell Congress to Act!

For the first time since becoming law in 2014, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment (formerly known as the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment) is in danger of not being renewed.

Update and Action Alert: Trump, Duterte, Congress, and the Philippine Drug War Killings

Please read this update to find out what we're doing to end Rodrigo Duterte's mass murder campaign, and how you can help.

CONGRESS: Pass S. 1055 for Philippines Human Rights Accountability

This bill responds to the Philippines drug war killings, in which well over 10,000 people have been killed extrajudicially without trial by police and vigilantes. The legislation would place human rights conditions on law enforcement assistance to the Philippines. It would also fund positive public health programs for substance use issues, as well as the work of Philippine human rights defenders.

Press Release: Global Statement Calls for International Action on Philippine Drug War Killings

This is our latest advocacy effort opposing the brutal drug war killings taking place under the Duterte administration in the Philippines.

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, October 11-14, Atlanta

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is the major biannual gathering of drug policy reformers from around the world.

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, October 11-14, Atlanta

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is the major biannual gathering of drug policy reformers from around the world.

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, October 11-14, Atlanta

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is the major biannual gathering of drug policy reformers from around the world.

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, October 11-14, Atlanta

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is the major biannual gathering of drug policy reformers from around the world.

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, October 11-14, Atlanta

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is the major biannual gathering of drug policy reformers from around the world.

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, October 11-14, Atlanta

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is the major biannual gathering of drug policy reformers from around the world.

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, October 11-14, Atlanta

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is the major biannual gathering of drug policy reformers from around the world.

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, October 11-14, Atlanta

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is the major biannual gathering of drug policy reformers from around the world.

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, October 11-14, Atlanta

The 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is the major biannual gathering of drug policy reformers from around the world.

Scholarships Available for International Drug Policy Reform Conference

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is meeting this fall in Atlanta. The organizers don't want money to be an object.

Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War

Vice President Leni Robredo of the Republic of the Philippines recorded a dramatic video for our side event this month at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting: "Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War." The video has sparked a raging political firestorm in the Philippines about whether she should have made the video, and we need your help to steer the discussion back to the drug war.

Warning Signs: Trump and Human Rights

Human rights affects drug policy, and the Donald Trump's rhetoric gives human rights defenders much cause for concern.

ALERT: Urge President Obama to Grant Blanket Clemencies

President Obama has two more weeks to grant more clemencies to prisoners. Please write and call the White House and ask him to take a responsible but blanket approach to freeing as many drug war prisoners as he can.

The Wolves Are At the Door

StoptheDrugWar.org needs your support to protect reform from the Trump administration and win new victories.

SURVEY: Please Help StoptheDrugWar.org Navigate the Trump Presidency

Please help us chart a course through the uncertain times ahead! Take our survey on drug policy reform efforts during the Trump administration. (We also need donations.)

Against Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

The president-elect's nominee for Attorney General is a big-time drug warrior who could derail both sentencing reform and marijuana legalization. Please write your Senators in opposition to this nomination.

Florida Passes Medical Marijuana!

First southern state, and a big one.

One Out of Four US Senators Is a Marijuana Prohibitionist -- Is Yours One of Them?

26 US Senators earned an "F" in marijuana policy reform in a recent report. Most were Republicans, but there were four Democrats.

David Borden -- Remarks at the United Nations, February 10, 2016

Last week the UN held an NGO meeting in New York, as part of a series events leading up to this April's major drug session.

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

StoptheDrugWar.org's has a focused mission at this incredibly promising time in drug policy reform, one that is making a special difference. But our ability to move it forward depends on the generosity of our donors.

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.

ProCon.org: What Have US Surgeons General Had to Say About Medical Marijuana?

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. This is the last in a six week series of info items from ProCon.org appearing in Drug War Chronicle -- this one returning to MedicalMarijuana.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

ProCon.org: 192 Performance Enhancing Drugs That Are Banned From Sports

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. The Chronicle is currently running a series of info items from ProCon.org -- this one from DrinkingAge.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

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

Please support tomorrow's global day of action -- "Support. Don't Punish." -- with social media, by taking a photo for the global Photo Project, or by attending an event, especially our demonstration here in Washington, DC!

ProCon.org: Minimum Legal Drinking Ages in 138 Countries

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. The Chronicle is currently running a series of info items from ProCon.org -- this one from DrinkingAge.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

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

This message is from our June sponsor, the Cannabis Industry Association, which is holding The Cannabis Business Summit & Expo 2015 from June 29-July 1 in Denver. Discounts are available for StoptheDrugWar.org readers!

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

You can dialogue with "Orange Is the New Black" author Piper Kerman, in a "telephone town hall meeting" taking place the afternoon of Monday June 29th.

ProCon.org: Felon Voting Laws By State

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. The Chronicle is currently running a series of info items from ProCon.org -- this one from felonvoting.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

BREAKING: Another Senate Pro-Medical Marijuana Vote

The Senate Appropriations Committee just voted to extend the ban on DOJ spending funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws.

Two Reasons Why Now's the Time to Step Up

Your help is needed to advance our global drug policy reform campaign and to continue publishing this newsletter.

ProCon.org: Ten Pharmaceutical Drugs Based on Cannabis

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. The Chronicle is currently running a series of info items from ProCon.org -- this one from medicalmarijuana.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

From the Blog: NY Medical Marijuana Program Brings in $3 Million from Application Process

New York has closed it application process for those wishing to get one of the state's 5 permits to open a medical cannabis dispensary. Each permit would entitle the holder to open four dipsnsaries. In total, 20 dispensaries would be opened in a state with a population of over 19 million people.

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

This message is from our June sponsor, the Cannabis Industry Association, which is holding The Cannabis Business Summit & Expo 2015 from June 29-July 1 in Denver. Discounts are available for StoptheDrugWar.org readers!

Two Reasons Why Now's the Time to Step Up

Your help is needed to advance our global drug policy reform campaign and to continue publishing this newsletter.

ProCon.org: Should Marijuana Ever Be Used to Treat Children and Adolescents?

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. The Chronicle is currently running a series of info items from ProCon.org -- this one from medicalmarijuana.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

URGENT: Congressional Vote on Permitting State Marijuana Laws!

Last year's legislation protecting state medical marijuana laws from federal interference is expiring soon. A vote coming as soon as tonight could extend it, while expanding it to include state legalization laws too.

The First Stage of Our New Campaign Was Successful

Our campaign to change global drug policy saw its first stage come to fruition with the release last week of our sign-on statement and media coverage. Your help is needed now to ensure this work can continue without interruption.

A Historic Day at the UN

It has been a historic day for drug policy at the United Nations -- and a big week in our own campaign to shift global drug policy too.

Organizational Participation Sought for the UNGASS 2016 Global Civil Society Survey

Organizations concerned with drugs and drug policy are requested to fill out the Global Civil Society Task Force, looking toward the April 2016 UN General Assembly Session on Drugs

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

Phone in next month to a "Telephone TownHall Meeting" on drug education with Dr. Carl Hart and the Drug Policy Alliance.

Scholarships Available for 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

Scholarship assistance is available for individuals wishing to attend this year's International Drug Policy Reform Conference, taking place from November 18-21 in the DC metro area. May 22 is the deadline to apply.

Write and Call Congress TODAY for Vets' Access to Medical Marijuana!

An important amendment is coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives late this afternoon or early evening. Our two web forms will help you to both email and call your member of Congress to support it.

Drug War Chronicle Seeking Writing Interns

Would you like to gain writing experience working with Drug War Chronicle and our long time editor? Internships are available.

Time Is Running Short...

A special thanks to those who've donated for the first US-based coalition taking on broad, international drug policy reform. We are still a few thousand dollars away from taking the next critical step that we need to take over the next few weeks, and need your help to get there -- time is of the essence.

Fwd: APPEAL: Crucial New Campaign Needs Your Support!

StoptheDrugWar.org has launched the first ever US coalition devoted to broad drug policy reform, including but not limited to changing the US drug treaties to support legalization. We continue to seek your financial support for this project.

Drug War Chronicle Seeking Writing Interns

Would you like to gain writing experience working with Drug War Chronicle and our long time editor? Internships are available.

Crucial New Campaign Needs Your Help

StoptheDrugWar.org has launched the first US coalition targeting international drug policy in the broad sense. But we need your support to make it happen.

Help Us Secure Our Victories and Win More

2014 saw great victories for drug policy reform, but they are already under attack by the opposition. Please make a generous end-year donation (tax-deductible available) to help us secure our victories and win more, for marijuana policy and stopping the drug war as a whole.

What Does Congress's Medical Marijuana Legislation Actually Mean?

The controversial "CRomnibus" bill passed by the House and Senate includes language barring the Dept. of Justice from using taxpayer funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws.

URGENT: Call Congress TODAY to Save DC Marijuana Legalization!

Your help is needed right now to stop bad language that would block DC's marijuana legalization moves in Congress's Continuing Resolution Omnibus Funding Bill.

Washington Sheriff Tells Oregon Voters: Legalization Is Already Working

King County Sheriff John Urquhart has recorded a message letting Oregon voters know that legalization in Washington State has seen wasteful arrests decrease, DUIs decrease, taxes going to schools and police, and drug prevention programs getting funding.

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

StoptheDrugWar.org has teamed up on a project to track local, state, and federal candidates for office and what their positions are on marijuana policy.

Did You Know the Top 17 Hospitals' Positions on Medical Marijuana?, on ProCon.org

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. This the final installment in a six-part series the Chronicle is running of info items from ProCon.org -- this one from medicalmarijuana.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

Two Important Conferences in DC and Baltimore

The Students for Sensible Drug Policy conference is taking this Friday through Monday just outside DC, and the Harm Reduction Conference next month in Baltimore.

DC Legalization Campaign Needs Registration Drive $$$ NOW

DC's voter registration mail-in deadline is one month from now. Funds are urgently needed this week -- for the DC Cannabis Campaign's registration drive to go full blast between now and then. Please help us legalize marijuana in Washington, DC, by making the most generous donation you can!

Did You Know Nearly Six Million Americans Are Denied Voting Rights Because of Felonies?, on ProCon.org

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. The Chronicle is currently running a series of info items from ProCon.org -- this one from felonvoting.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

Job Opportunities in the Movement

There are paid and volunteer opportunities in the movement at a range of organizations.

Drug War Chronicle Needs Your Support!

Now more than ever, StoptheDrugWar.org needs your financial support to continue to provide this crucial informational tool -- the Drug War Chronicle newsletter -- that builds and empowers the movement.

Did You Know D.A.R.E. Lacked Scientific Evaluation Until 2009?, from ProCon.org

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. The Chronicle is currently running a series of info items from ProCon.org -- this one from dare.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

Did You Know Why Some Performance Enhancing Drugs Are Legal While Others Are Banned?, from ProCon.org

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. The Chronicle is currently running a series of info items from ProCon.org -- this one from sportsanddrugs.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

Drug War Chronicle Needs Your Support

Drug War Chronicle needs your support to continue our mission! Please make the most generous donation you can today. We continue to offer a range of membership gift items as well.

DC Marijuana Initiative Qualifies for Ballot

More info later today, see @DCMJ2014 in the meanwhile...


Did You Know? Ranking 20 Drugs and Alcohol By Overall Harm, from ProCon.org

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. The Chronicle is currently running a series of info items from ProCon.org -- this one from medicalmarijuana.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

Membership: "High Price" Signed (reduced price), "After Legalization" (e-book)

For the first time ever we are offering an "E-Book" as our latest membership premium, as well as a popular author-signed book for a reduced price.

Did You Know? 23 States' and DC's Medical Marijuana Laws, from ProCon.org

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views from on current issues, several with relevance to drug policy. The Chronicle is running a series of info items from ProCon.org over the next several weeks -- this first one from medicalmarijuana.procon.org -- and we encourage you to check it out.

Summer Reading Assignment for Congress

Dean Becker of the Drug Truth Network is in Washington today to give copies of his book, "To End the War on Drugs," to every member of the House and Senate.

Membership: "High Price" Signed (reduced price), "After Legalization" (e-book)

For the first time ever we are offering an "E-Book" as our latest membership premium, as well as a popular author-signed book for a reduced price.

New Offers: "After Legalization" E-Books, and "High Price" Signed for Reduced Price

For the first time ever we are offering an "E-Book" as our latest membership premium, as well as a popular author-signed book for a reduced price.

One of the Worst Ideas to Come Out of the War on Drugs: Sentencing Enhancement Zones

A video from the Prison Policy Initiative on what is indeed one of the worst ideas to come out of the war on drugs.

There Were Several Drug Policy Amendments to the CJS Bill

[image:1 align:right]Reformers have mostly been talking about the


ALERT: House to Vote on Medical Marijuana Amendment This Week!

The US House of Representatives will vote on a medical marijuana amendment that has record levels of bipartisan support, possibly as soon as Thursday. Please contact your member of Congress to help it pass!

Help Us Legalize Marijuana in Washington, DC!

An initiative in the District of Columbia seeks to legalize marijuana this November, and StoptheDrugWar.org has joined the team.

Signature-Gathering Jobs Available with DC Campaign to Legalize Marijuana

Signature-gathering for an initiative to legalize marijuana in Washington, DC on this November ballot is ongoing through July 6. If you are in the area and have ten hours a week or more, you are eligible to apply for a paid position. The campaign is also seeking volunteers.

Big News from the Administration About Commutations

[image:1 align:right caption:true]The Obama administration may issue hundreds or even thousands of sentence commutations in drug cases,


Police Shoot, Kill 80-Year Old Man In His Own Bed

The recklessness of drug raids...

Farm Bill Passes Second Chamber, With Hemp, Without Drug Testing

Two victories in one on the drug war front this week.

Oglala Sioux and French Consider Marijuana Legalization

The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council's business development committee has approved a proposal take marijuana legalization to a tribal vote. A bill's been introduced in France, too.

DC City Council Voting on Marijuana Decriminalization Today


Could Different Drug Policies Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman?

The tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman yesterday has prompted expressions of grief and of praise for his talent.


Oregon Governor Calls for Marijuana Legalization, Legislature to Act

[image:1 align:right]Gov.


Dept. of Justice Requesting Drug Clemency Petitions?

Update: Here's the news. Potentially sounds really big.


House Farm Bill Does Not Have Food Stamps Drug Testing!

[image:1 align:right]Phil reported yesterday that the House version of the US Farm Bill in


Smarter Sentencing Act Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

[image:1 align:right]The Smarter Sentencing Act has just passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee,


Smarter Sentencing Act in Committee Right Now!!!

Update: It has passed the committee!


Ted Cruz Likens Obama Drug Policy to Imperialism

[image:1 align:right]Ted Cruz included drug laws among his examples of "imperialism" on the part President Obama, in remarks on CNN following the State of the Union address tonight.


Would You Give Up a Gallon of Gas a Month to End the Drug War?

In an era where so much of the national debate is still framed by prohibition-based thinking, our small, dedicated and passionate staff keep anti-prohibitionists on the cutting edge of legislation and policy. That's why we need your help to keep StoptheDrugWar.org and the Drug War Chronicle going strong in 2014.

The Media and Drugs: A Long Way Still to Go [EDITORIAL]

Despite some improvement, the mainstream media continues to get it wrong on the drug issue in many, many ways. This makes it as crucial as ever for reformers to continue to fund and make our own media.

Call Judiciary Committee Senators TODAY to End Harsh Drug Sentencing!

On Thursday, December 12, the US Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to discuss mandatory minimum sentencing and S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act. This is the most promising time for sentencing reform that we have seen in twenty years, and now is the time to tell your Senators to vote for S. 1410!

Permitted Marijuana Party at Seattle Space Needle Marks Legalization Anniversary

[image:1 align:right]King 5 News reported Friday that hundreds of people lit and smoked marijuana at a party under the famed landmark the Seattle Space Needle.


Human Rights Watch on Coerced Guilty Pleas in US Drug Cases

A report from Human Rights Watch released this morning demonstrates the corruption of justice that mandatory minimum sentencing has brought about.

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