240,000 Marijuana Arrests: Costs, Consequences, and Racial Disparities of Possession Arrests in Washington, 1986 - 2010

October 11, 2012

This report reveals that nearly a quarter of a million people have been arrested in Washington for marijuana possession from 1986 to 2010.  Police made more than half of those marijuana arrests in just the last 10 years.

Other key findings include:

Drug Policy Guide, 2nd Edition

March 1, 2012
International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)

The IDPC Drug Policy Guide brings together global evidence and examples of best practice to provide guidance on the review, design and implementation of drug policies. It is designed to assist national policymakers in the process of developing humane and effective drug policies. Each chapter of the Guide introduces a specific type of policy challenge, analyzes existing evidence and experiences of different countries, and presents advice and recommendations for developing effective policy responses.

Balancing Access and Safety: Meeting the Challenge of Blood Borne Viruses in Prison

July 19, 2011
Michael Moore, CEO, Public Health Association of Australia, and Melanie Walker, Deputy CEO, Public Health Association of Australia
Report for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health

This report from the Public Health Association of Australia makes recommendations for a syringe access model at the Alexander Maconochie Centre, an Australian prison with a particular focus on rehabilitation.

Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy

June 2, 2011
Global Commission on Drug Policy

The Global Commission, whose members include Kofi Annan and four former presidents, calls the drug war a failure and advocates a paradigm shift in global drug policy. The commission's bold recommendations include encouraging governments to experiment with legalization of drugs, particularly marijuana; putting an end to drug policies being driven by ideology and politics; and directing resources away from arresting and incarcerating so many people for drug law violations.

Reducing Drug Trafficking Revenues and Violence in Mexico: Would Legalizing Marijuana in California Help?

Beau Kilmer, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Brittany M. Bond, Peter H. Reuter

U.S. demand for illicit drugs creates markets for Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs). This paper examines how marijuana legalization in California might influence DTO revenues and the violence in Mexico, focusing on gross revenues from export and distribution to wholesale markets near the southwestern U.S. border.

Wasted in the War on Drugs: Office of National Drug Control Policy's Wasted Efforts

June 26, 2006
Katherine Walkenhorst
Citizens Against Government Waste

Effect of Drug Law Enforcement on Drug-Related Violence: Evidence from a Scientific Review

April 1, 2010
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

This report consists of a scientific review that illustrates the relationship between drug law enforcement and drug-related violence.

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