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The Drug Policy Alliance Network (DPA Network) is the nation’s leading organization promoting policy alternatives to the drug war that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.

Our supporters are individuals who believe the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. Together we advance policies that reduce the harms of both drug misuse and drug prohibition, and seek solutions that promote safety while upholding the sovereignty of individuals over their own minds and bodies. We work to ensure that our nation’s drug policies no longer arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm millions of nonviolent people. Our work inevitably requires us to address the disproportionate impact of the drug war on people of color.

Drug Policy Alliance is a 501(c)3 organization.

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The government tried to find baseball slugger Barry Bonds guilty of illegal steroid use, but came up short despite their herculean effort to convict him. The best they did was come up with a guilty plea in 2011 on one count of obstruction of justice which was just overturned by a U.S. Appeals Court this week.

During Bonds’s trial in 2011, the prosecution was hell-bent on convicting him and went to the extent of making the size of Barry Bonds’ testicles the crux of their case in order to prove that Bonds lied to a grand jury in the 2003 BALCO steroid case. In that case, Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) was alleged to have distributed illegal performance -enhancing drugs, triggering investigations by several governmental agencies.

This resulted in a huge scandal which involved many major league baseball players and in 2004, led to Major League Baseball to initiate penalties for players caught using steroids.

In the 2011 case, prosecutors called steroid expert Larry Bowers to the stand, the science director for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency who testified that it was well-documented that with steroid use you can have testicular atrophy. The reason for this was to lay the scientific foundation to call Bonds' former mistress Kimberly Bell as a witness. She then testified that she observed Bonds suffering from testicular shrinkage, bloating, hair loss and acne. All of those symptoms are documented side effects of steroid abuse.

Despite their testimony Barry Bonds was not convicted of steroid use.

The government was willing to take down Bonds and in doing so blemish baseball so they can push their personal zero-tolerance agenda for drug use. The steroids scandal of the past tarnished the credibility of some of the biggest stars in baseball which included Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens.

The jailing of Bonds or any other baseball player will not solve baseball's drug problem or curb drug use in America. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. It has five percent of the world's population, but 25 percent of the world's prisoners, with more than 2.4 million citizens sitting behind bars. Many of them have been rotting away in prison for years because of the war on drugs.

For the sake of argument, what if Bonds did use steroids? Does he belong in prison? He is not the first athlete to use them and he will not be the last. The pursuit for athletic superiority through the use of chemicals has been around a long time. Before steroids were officially banned in the early 1970s, almost 70 percent of all Olympic athletes had used them.

Is it ethical and morally right to sentence someone to a lengthy prison term for putting substances in their own body? The premise for prosecuting the other war with no exit strategy - the drug war -- has slowly but surely infiltrated the public's eye through different vehicles. The feds attempted to bring their message through the sport of baseball by convicting the likes of sports heroes like Barry Bonds.

Though vindicated in part with the overturning of his case, Bonds will forever suffer from the stigma associated with the charges brought against him by the government because of their stance against drug use.

Barry Bonds has joined the ranks of those demonized which includes medical marijuana users, pain sufferers, and students who are forced to urinate in cups. All of this in the name of a drug-free America, without concern for individuals' rights.

Anthony Papa is the manager of media relations for the Drug Policy Alliance.

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Author: Anthony Papa
Date Published: April 23, 2015
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For many years now DPA has worked to delegitimize the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). We’ve fought to reduce its power and influence, make agency staff think twice about speaking out against reform, and ultimately overhaul or eliminate the DEA.

Many, many thanks to all our supporters who helped us get the head of the DEA fired. We couldn’t have done it without you!

In the past few years the Drug Policy Alliance hit the DEA hard:

  • We sent numerous action alerts to supporters like you to get Obama to rein in the DEA and fire Leonhart, and asking Congress to investigate the DEA and reduce its power. This was backed up with strong, coordinated social media campaigns on Facebook and Twitter.
  • We took on the DEA in the media, sending out press release and generating media every time a new DEA scandal surfaced (and getting several hard-hitting columns placed by DPA staff).
  • We educated members of Congress and their staff on the DEA, Leonhart, and all the scandals (in particular helping to get tough and embarrassing questions asked during hearings).
  • We released a report on the DEA's obstruction of science and the role Leonhart played in that, which generated media and was instrumental in showing congressional offices how Leonhart is blocking sensible reform.
  • We tied various scandals and other DEA related issues together for journalists, staffers, and other NGOs (we connected the dots).

Overthrowing Leonhart is just the beginning. Now the DEA must move past its old fear mongering ways, and embrace policies grounded in science, health, and human rights. Let’s urge President Obama to appoint a new chief who will do just that.

Bill Piper is the director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance.

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Author: Bill Piper
Date Published: April 23, 2015
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On Monday, the New York Times wrote a deeply upsetting piece titled, “1.5 Million Missing Black Men.”

According to the Times, “Black women who are 25 to 54 and not in jail outnumber black men in that category by 1.5 million. …For every 100 black women in this age group living outside of jail, there are only 83 black men. Among whites, the equivalent number is 99.”

The primary reasons the 1.5 million men are missing from their communities is because they are behind bars or because of early death, the story noted.

The number are shocking and offensive. The Times states, “One out of 6 black men who today should be between 25 and 54 years have disappeared from daily life.”

While the article makes clear that incarceration is a major reason for so many African Americans are removed from their communities, they don’t identify the role of the war on drugs in mass incarceration. Roughly 500,000 of the 2.4 million people behind bars are there for a drug offense. America is the number one jailer in the planet, with under five percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.

And it may not surprise you that there are gross racial disparities in when it comes to who ends up behind bars for drugs. According to Human Rights Watch, African Americans go to jail or prison 10 times the rate of Whites,  despite similar drug use.

There is some sick hypocrisy in our country.

Despite a $40 billion a year "war on drugs" and political speeches about a "drug-free society," our society is swimming in drugs. Every day millions use cigarettes, sugar, alcohol, marijuana, Prozac, Ritalin, Viagra, steroids, cocaine and caffeine to get themselves through the day. There are drugs on every Ivy League campus in this country and drugs are flowing on Wall Street. The vast majority of Americans use drugs on a regular basis.

While it is clear that drug use doesn’t discriminate, the reality is that the war on drug users does discriminate. The ACLU found racial disparities in every single state in the country, with blacks getting arrested for marijuana from three to 10 times the rates of Whites.

From New York to Ferguson, and all across the country we see law enforcement target people of color. Thanks to stop and frisks and racial profiling, blacks are ticketed and arrested at outrageous rates for doing the exact same thing whites do.

The “1.5 Million Missing Black Men” needs to be a wake-up call. We can not allow one out of 6 black men to go missing. And ending the war on drugs is an important, concrete step to addressing this.

Tony Newman is the director of media relations at the Drug Policy Alliance (www.drugpolicy.org)

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Author: Tony Newman
Date Published: April 22, 2015
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The Drug Policy Alliance and Learn Liberty have teamed up to tell the emotional story of Sophia Nazzarine, a 7-year-old girl suffering from uncontrolled epilepsy, in a new video.

Between clips of Sophia singing and playing with her parents in her hometown of Cincinnati, the audience is shown saddening footage of Sophia seizing as a newborn, while her parents describe their discovery of Sophia’s epilepsy and their exhaustive struggle to find an effective treatment.

Click here to watch moving video of Sophia’s Story

“We’ve tried everything else that they could possibly come up with to try and stop these seizures,” says Scott Nazzarine, Sophia’s father, “None of it has worked. We need legislation that allows our child to get the medicine she needs. But with or without it, we will continue to give our child what she needs to reduce her dangerous seizures.”

Sophia’s story is complemented by interviews with doctors, explaining her condition and the strong potential for its treatment with marijuana.

“The belief is that it’s the cannabadiol portion of [the marijuana plant] that seems to have less intoxicating effects and more of the anti-seizure effects,” explains Dr. Michael D. Privitera, Professor of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati.

“There are millions of people, young and old, just like Sophia, suffering from serious illnesses for which their doctors are out of ideas,” said DPA’s Dr. Amanda Reiman in response to the video, “They are out of options in the realm of traditional medical care and they deserve to have every option on the menu, and in 23 states plus Washington DC, they do.”

The video is being released just as legislation has been introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to allow those state programs to exist. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States - CARERS - Act is the first-ever bill in the U.S. Senate to legalize marijuana for medical use and the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill ever introduced in Congress.

The video ends by asking viewers to help create legal access to medical marijuana by supporting the Drug Policy Alliance as Sophia reads with her mother.

“Spending a week with Sophia and her family while filming this documentary was a life-changing experience. Sophia is truly an amazing girl whose story is helping to educate millions of people about why she can’t get the simple medication she needs,” said Tim Hedberg, the producer of the video for Learn Liberty.

The Drug Policy Alliance is the nation’s leading organization promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.

Learn Liberty is your resource for exploring the ideas of a free society. They tackle big questions about what makes a society free or prosperous and how we can improve the world we live in. Learn Liberty is a project of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

Scott and Nicole Nazzarine  have both made themselves available to any media outlets with further interest in their daughter’s story. Unreleased photos and footage are also available to these outlets for free use.

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Date Published: April 22, 2015
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In recent months HIV/AIDS infection rates have skyrocketed in rural Indiana, in large part because of the sharing of syringes used for the injection of the prescription painkiller Opana, heroin, and other drugs. In response Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence allowed one county to implement a 30-day syringe exchange program to reduce infection rates.

Governor Pence extended the program another 30 days this week, but advocates have pointed out that a temporary program in just one county is not enough to stop an epidemic. The legislature is considering legislation to make sterile syringes available on a broader and permanent basis.

"One program operating in one county for one month is not going to stop an epidemic,” said Bill Piper, director of the office of national affairs with the Drug Policy Alliance.  “Indiana’s weak response to rising HIV/AIDS transmission rates threatens every Hoosier, as well as people across the Midwest and around the country.”

Decades of research in the U.S and from around the world has concluded that syringe access programs reduce the spread of infectious diseases without increasing drug use. By preventing people from contracting infectious diseases that can be expensive to treat, syringe exchange also saves money by reducing healthcare expenditures. A sterile syringe can cost as little as a nickel; treating someone with HIV/AIDS can cost taxpayers more than one million dollars.

In the U.S., injection drug use has accounted for more than one-third (36 percent) of AIDS cases – more than 354,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Yet the U.S. bans federal funding for sterile syringe access programs, even though the CDC has found that such programs lower incidence of HIV/AIDS among people who inject drugs by 80 percent.

This refusal to adopt an evidence-based prevention strategy has cost the U.S. hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars.

In countries where addiction is treated as a health issue, the fight against HIV/AIDS is being won. New HIV infections in countries such as Australia, Germany and Switzerland have been virtually eliminated among people who use drugs, just as mother-to-child HIV transmission has been eliminated in countries that make medicines for pregnant women accessible.

Last year, more than 140 local, national and international organizations released a letter calling on Congress to end the archaic federal funding ban on syringe service programs. The ban was put in place in 1988, repealed in 2009, and reinstated by Congress in 2011. The signatories include over 80 prominent organizations from 26 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, in addition to dozens of national and international organizations.

Advocates say Governor Pence should work with his former Republican colleagues in Congress to repeal the syringe-funding ban. He should also support efforts in the Indiana legislature to allow every local jurisdiction to establish syringe exchange programs. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear recently did this, signing legislation that creates syringe exchange programs in local jurisdictions that formally approve them. Hoosier families also deserve an effective syringe exchange policy.

“As a native Hoosier whose uncle died of Hepatitis C – which he likely contracted from injection drug use – I take syringe access very personally,” Piper said. “If the Governor’s serious about mitigating this disaster, he should expand Indiana’s program statewide and work with Congress to make sterile syringes widely available."

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Date Published: April 22, 2015
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A senior White House official has said that the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Michele Leonhart, is expected to resign soon. The news comes as no surprise to drug policy reformers who say her opposition to reform made her out of step with the Obama Administration. 

“Leonhart’s DEA reflects an outdated, disastrous approach that President Obama claims he wants to leave behind,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “If she leaves he has an opportunity to appoint someone who will overhaul the DEA and support drug policy reform.”

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has existed for more than 40 years, but little attention has been given to the role the agency has played in fueling mass incarceration, racial disparities and other drug war problems. Congress has rarely scrutinized the agency, its actions or its budget, instead deferring to DEA Administrators on how best to deal with drug-related issues. That changed, however, in part because of all the scandals and corruption that have occurred under DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.

To provide context for Leonhart’s resignation, DPA is releasing a new issue brief today, The Scandal-Ridden DEA: Everything You Need to Know, which includes recommendations for fundamental reforms of the DEA.

According to a recently released Justice Department report, several DEA agents (some with top secret clearances) allegedly participated in multiple orgies with hired sex workers "funded by the local drug cartels" in Colombia. Some also received money, gifts and weapons from these traffickers. The parties occurred at the agents' "government-leased quarters", where laptops and other equipment were accessible – raising "the possibility that DEA equipment and information also may have been compromised as a result of the agents' conduct." The report also found that the DEA obstructed the investigations into this and other scandals.

After Leonhart’s horrible performance in Congress during a hearing focused on the sex scandal the House Oversight Committee issued a bipartisan statement of “no confidence” in her leadership. Leonhart was widely panned and her answers deemed inadequate during testimony on her agency’s handling of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations. When asked by reporters the White House declined to offer a vote of confidence in Leonhart. In fact, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that President Obama is concerned by "troubling details" about the Colombia scandal and the DEA's response to it.

The call to dismiss Leonhart came against a backdrop of scandals and incompetence at the DEA, which have dominated Leonhart’s tenure. A Drug Policy Alliance petition to President Obama calling for Leonhart to be fired garnered almost 11,000 signatures in a week.

Some of the more egregious incidents during Leonhart’s tenure include:

  • The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General currently has six open investigations into numerous DEA scandals, including the massacre of civilians in Honduras, the use of NSA data to both spy on virtually all Americans and to systematically fabricate evidence, and controversial uses of confidential informants.
  • A series of recent investigations by USA Today found that the DEA has been tracking billions of U.S. phone calls without warrants or even suspicion of wrong-doing, an operation copied by the NSA and other agencies after 9/11. The DEA built the modern surveillance state.
  • DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart herself has been at the center of several scandals, including the House of Death scandal in which the DEA may have turned a blind eye to torture and murder, and the Andrew Chambers scandal, in which the DEA rehired a confidential informant with a history of lying.
  • DEA conflicts with Obama administration policy. Last year, Leonhart publicly rebuked President Obama for admitting that marijuana is as safe as alcohol, told members of Congress that the DEA will continue to go after marijuana even in states where it is legal despite DOJ guidance stating otherwise, and spoke out against bipartisan drug sentencing reform in Congress that the Obama administration is supporting.
  • Last May, The DEA created a political firestorm this week when it seized seeds bound for a Kentucky hemp research program that was approved by Congress. Then Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the incident “an outrage” and the Kentucky Agriculture Department sued the DEA.  
  • The DEA’s refusal to acknowledge science. DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart has on several occasions ignored science and overruled the DEA’s own administrative law judges on medical issues relating to marijuana. In a bizarre 2012 debate with members of Congress Leonhart refused repeatedly to acknowledge that marijuana is safer than cocaine and heroin.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) have previously called on Leonhart to resign, with Polis commenting that he "found her to be completely incompetent and unknowledgeable." The Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said last week, "It's time for her to go…I don't have confidence in her, nor does the majority of the committee." He went on to say that if Leonhart does not step down, then President Obama should fire her.

“The DEA is a large, expensive, scandal-prone bureaucracy that has failed to reduce drug-related problems,” said Piper. “Drug use should be treated as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue; with states legalizing marijuana and adopting other drug policy reforms it is time to ask if the agency is even needed anymore.”

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Date Published: April 21, 2015
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Tomorrow, the Drug Policy Alliance launches Above the Law: An Investigation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuses in California, a multi-year, comprehensive look at asset forfeiture abuses in California that reveals the troubling extent to which law enforcement agencies have violated state and federal law.

Civil asset forfeiture law allows the government to seize and keep cash, cars, real estate, and any other property – even from citizens never charged with or convicted of a crime.  Because these assets often go straight into the coffers of the enforcement agency, these laws have led to a perversion of police priorities, such as increasing personnel on the forfeiture unit while reducing the number of officers on patrol and in investigation units. While civil asset forfeiture was originally conceived as an effective way to target and drain resources away from powerful criminal organizations, Above the Law discloses how these strategies and programs have now become a relied-upon source of funding for law enforcement agencies all across the state.

What emerges in the new report is a picture of a handful of relatively small cities clustered in Los Angeles County that lead the state in per capita seizures (Baldwin Park, Beverly Hills, Gardena, Irwindale, La Verne, Pomona, South Gate, Vernon and West Covina). The report's analysis of fiscal records finds that many of these cities were providing false or inconsistent reports to the Justice Department, while some other cities appeared to be engaged in budgeting future forfeiture revenue, despite this being explicitly illegal under federal law.

“Civil asset seizure was never intended to be a primary funding source for law enforcement,” said Meghan Ralston, harm reduction manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “Law enforcement professionals who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public need appropriate levels of funding, but seizing the cash and property of potentially innocent citizens who are never charged with a crime is no way to fund public safety. This report is a wake-up call to all Californians.”

The revelations exposed in Above the Law add to major national momentum for reform.  Earlier this month, New Mexico’s Republican Governor, Susana Martinez, signed a new law that ends the practice of civil asset forfeiture in the state, which now has the strongest protections against wrongful asset seizures in the country. In January, Attorney General Eric Holder announced changes that could make it harder for state and local law enforcement to use federal law to seize property without evidence of a crime. And bipartisan legislation known as the FAIR Act has been introduced in both houses of Congress that would dramatically reform federal civil asset forfeiture laws.

In California, State Senator Holly Mitchell has just introduced Senate Bill 443, co-sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance, ACLU and the Institute for Justice.

"When ordinary people don’t even have to be charged with a crime before having their assets permanently seized and added to police coffers, constitutional rights are at stake," said Senator Holly Mitchell, who represents South Los Angeles.

Forfeiture as it exists today is rooted in the drug war excesses of the 1980s, and a substantial number of cases to this day are related to drugs. And it has long been one of the more controversial aspects of the drug war. Between 1996 and 2002, ten states and the federal government enacted asset forfeiture reforms, with DPA playing an instrumental role in several of these efforts, including ballot initiatives in Utah and Oregon that prevailed by 2-to-1 margins in 2000. That year, the U.S. Congress passed the Civil Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, but this did little to stop the problem. In 2012, the federal government seized more than $4.7 billion in assets – a more than six-fold increase since 2001.

Civil forfeiture actions are not limited to wealthy individuals and seizures of ranches, yachts, and vehicles.  In fact, the average value of a state seizure in California in 2013 was only $8,542. Navigating state law can impose an insurmountable financial burden on low-income and immigrant families and others lacking sufficient resources to defend themselves against forfeiture actions.

“Asset forfeiture inflicts the harsh punishments associated with criminal proceedings without the constitutional protections guaranteed by a trial," said Lynne Lyman, California State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. "In practice, this means encouraging law enforcement to engage in questionable and unethical practices under the banner of the war on drugs.”

Join California State Senator Holly Mitchell, report author Jonah Engle, DPA's Theshia Naidoo, and 21-year law enforcement veteran Diane Goldstein tomorrow at 9am (Pacific) / Noon (Eastern) to learn more:

WHAT:  Press Teleconference: Above the Law: An Investigation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuses in California

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 21: 9am (Pacific) / Noon (Eastern)

HOW:  Call Tony Newman for call-in info - 646-335-5384

WHO:

  • Holly Mitchell, California State Senator and author of SB 443
  • Jonah Engle, Investigative journalist and author of Above the Law
  • Theshia Naidoo, Senior Staff Attorney, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Diane Goldstein, 21-year law enforcement veteran, executive board member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)

For additional background on Asset Forfeiture, check out John Oliver’s fantastic segment last Fall (viewed more than 5 million times), Sarah Stillman’s 2013 New Yorker article, and the Institute for Justice’s 2010 report Policing for Profit.

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Date Published: April 20, 2015
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The Drug Policy Alliance just released a bunch of stock photos of everyday, harmless, “normcore” people consuming marijuana. The internet responded with applause, amusement, gratitude, and a wave of colorful comments.

Today is April 20 or 4/20, the unofficial national holiday celebrated by marijuana enthusiasts. This might be the year that the people who love marijuana have more to rejoice about than ever. The once-vilified plant (it’s not easy being green) – and the battle to end its disastrous prohibition – is now leaping into the mainstream of both culture and politics.

CNN can’t seem to stop talking about it. Four states and the District of Columbia have made it legal and the majority of Americans seem to think this is a good idea. And everyone from Barack Obama to Martha Stewart has admitted to inhaling.

Yet, somehow the images typically used by news media when they cover stories about marijuana look like throwbacks to stoner stereotypes from four decades ago.

Nearly half (49%) of Americans say they have tried marijuana. That’s a lot of people. They can’t possibly all look like The Dude from The Big Lebowski (no disrespect to The Dude). Many of them probably look like regular folks with mortgages, jobs, non-tie dye articles of clothing and the like. Still many journalists – even well-meaning ones – often use offensive, cartoonish or just plain absurd photos that would be considered unthinkable when covering any other issue.

Take for instance, this recent story about a Canadian yoga studio that starts off each class with a bit of marijuana consumption for relaxation. (You might chuckle but marijuana combined with yoga is apparently a thing.) Instead of featuring a photo of a person who looks like they might be doing yoga, the photo editor chose a picture of a young woman with bags under her eyes puffing on a joint who looks like she just woke up in her college dorm room after three days of partying without sleep.

Well, we decided to give the media the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they don’t mean to imply that everyone who likes marijuana and everyone in favor of legalizing it looks like a cliché but it’s just hard to find people willing to be photographed in the act of consuming marijuana. After all it isn’t fully legal yet.

That’s why we commissioned a series of stock photos of people who look pretty regular, doing everyday activities (including yoga) while enjoying marijuana. Last week, we released 64 of the photos, which are free, open license, and available for anyone’s non-commercial use. We hope they help portray a more realistic, humanized and accurate image of marijuana use.

Despite all the cultural and political mainstreaming of weed, the war on marijuana and prohibition is actually still going strong. Marijuana arrests comprise nearly half of all drug arrests. Someone is arrested for marijuana in this country every 45 seconds. Black and Latino people bear the brunt of aggressive marijuana policing. Black people are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people despite similar usage rates.

There is a natural amount of chuckles to be expected from the sight of grown-up-looking people, who might have otherwise looked normal in a Sears catalogue, taking a few tokes and playing a game of Jenga.

But the wasteful and destructive war on marijuana is no laughing matter, and we still have a way to go until it has finally become a strange but long-gone chapter of history.

Sharda Sekaran is the managing director of communications for the Drug Policy Alliance.

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Author: Sharda Sekaran
Date Published: April 20, 2015
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