Report

Methamphetamine: Fact vs. Fiction and Lessons from the Crack Hysteria

February 20, 2014
Carl L. Hart, Joanne Csete, Don Habibi

The rise in methamphetamine use has provoked a barrage of misinformation and reckless policies, such as mandatory minimum sentences, increased penalties and major restrictions against certain medicines. Methamphetamine: Fact vs. Fiction and Lessons from the Crack Hysteria revb eals the extreme stigmatization of users and dangerous policy responses that are reminiscent of the crack hysteria in the 1980s and 1990s, which led to grossly misguided laws that accelerated mass incarceration in the United States.

Healthcare Not Handcuffs: Putting the Affordable Care Act to Work for Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform

December 12, 2013
Drug Policy Alliance, American Civil Liberties Union

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a remarkable opportunity for criminal justice and drug policy reform advocates to advance efforts to enact policy changes that promote safe and healthy communities, without excessively relying on criminal justice solutions that have become so prevalent under the war on drugs, and which fall so disproportionately on low-income communities and communities of color.

Rethinking the Drug War in Central America and Mexico

November 21, 2013

U.S. drug policies in Mexico and Central America, focused on militarized counter-narcotics efforts known as the war on drugs, have had severely negative effects on the region. This report analyzes the effects in four areas – militarization, drug policy, violence against women, and forced migration – and examines the impact on three countries: Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

Regulating and Taxing Marijuana: The Fiscal Impact on NYC

August 14, 2013
New York City Comptroller John C. Liu

This groundbreaking report by the New York City Comptroller’s office estimates the value of the current illicit marijuana market in the city, and outlines a rationale and potential benefits of regulating and taxing the sale of marijuana for personal use for adults.

The War on Marijuana in Black and White

June 4, 2013
ACLU

It's time to end the war on marijuana.

The aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession laws needlessly ensnares hundreds of thousands of people into the criminal justice system and wastes billions of taxpayers’ dollars. What’s more, it is carried out with staggering racial bias. Despite being a priority for police departments nationwide, the war on marijuana has failed to reduce marijuana use and availability and diverted resources that could be better invested in our communities.

Scenarios for the Drug Problem in the Americas, 2013-2025

May 17, 2013
Organization of American States

The second part of the OAS study is a scenarios report, which presents four possibilities for how drug policy could evolve in the Americas – and what results could be expected with each approach by 2025. Most of the scenarios break from the current U.S.-led drug war approach.  The report is the first of its kind, providing a thoughtful and detailed visualization of alternatives to the existing drug prohibition regime.

The Drug Problem in the Americas: Introduction and Analytical Report

May 17, 2013
Organization of American States

The first of two interconnected reports, this report by the Organization of American States (OAS) comprehensively analyzes drug trends, practices, and policies in the Americas. The report’s basic premise is that there is not just one single “drug problem” in the hemisphere, but rather “many problems”. As such, the report does not present concrete recommendations, but does offer some welcome suggestions, including that “decriminalization of drug use needs to be considered as a core element in any public health strategy.”

An Exit Strategy for the Failed War on Drugs: A Federal Legislative Guide

May 16, 2013

This comprehensive report contains 75 broad and incremental recommendations for federal legislative reforms related to civil rights, deficit reduction, law enforcement, foreign policy, sentencing and reentry, effective drug treatment, public health, and drug prevention education.

Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy

April 23, 2013

The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) jointly researched and drafted a Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy. We examined New York’s current drug policies and reimagined how those policies could realize better health and public safety outcomes.

Addicted to Punishment: The Disproportionality of Drug Laws in Latin America

January 1, 2013

This report studies criminal laws in seven Latin American countries (Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and Argentina) and finds that criminal penalties for nonviolent drug law violations in these countries have grown dramatically – often exceeding prison sentences for violent crimes like rape or murder. The study was conducted by Dejusticia, with support from the Washington Office on Latin America and the Open Society Foundations.

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