Report

The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition

September 27, 2010
Jeffrey A. Miron and Katherine Waldock

State and federal governments in the United States face massive looming fiscal deficits. One policy change that can reduce deficits is ending the drug war. Legalization means reduced expenditure on enforcement and an increase in tax revenue from legalized sales.

One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008

The PEW Center on the States

A new report by Pew's Public Safety Performance Project details how, for the first time in history, more than one in every 100 adults in America are in jail or prison—a fact that significantly impacts state budgets without delivering a clear return on public safety.

Syringe Exchange: An Effective Tool in the Fight Against HIV and Drug Abuse

January 1, 2009
Gay Men's Health Crisis

A report in favor of needle exchange programs as a way to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and increase access to treatment.

Findings from the Evaluation of Vancouver’s Pilot Medically Supervised Safer Injecting Facility – Insite

June 1, 2009
British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV / AIDS

 

In 2003, the regional health authority in Vancouver, Canada successfully applied to the federal government for a legal operating exemption to pilot North America’s first medically supervised injection facility (SIF) – Insite. This report provides a lay person’s description of the scientific evaluation of Insite, as well as summaries of the research findings related to its impact.

The Stigma of Substance Use: A Review of the Literature

August 18, 1999
Center for Addiction and Mental Health

A review of the literature on stigma with particular reference to stigma in selected groups of the substance using population.

Getting Serious about Stigma: The Problem with Stigmatising Drug Users

December 1, 2010
UK Drug Policy Commission

This paper summarises some key findings from new research looking at public attitudes, the way the press reports drug use, how those with drug problems and their families experience stigma and an examination of the evidence about stigma

NORML Report on Sixty Years of Marijuana Prohibition in the U.S.

NORML

A report prepared by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the "Marijuana Tax Act of 1937."

Real World Ramifications of Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization

NORML

The following paper reviews various studies** that have examined this issue in regions that have either a) regulated marijuana use and sales for all adults; b) decriminalized the possession of small quantities of marijuana for adults; c) medicalized the use of marijuana to certain authorized individuals; or d) deprioritized the enforcement of marijuana laws. This paper also proposes general guidelines to govern marijuana use, production, and distribution in a legal, regulated manner.

New York City's Marijuana Arrest Crusade...Continues

Harry G. Levine

In 2008, the New York Civil Liberties Union released a report by Harry G. Levine and Deborah Peterson Small titled Marijuana Arrest Crusade: Racial Bias and Police Policy in New York City, 1997-2007.

This document briefly reviews and updates key findings from that report presenting new graphs and tables showing recently released and revised arrest data from previous years and from 2008.

It is presented in hopes of stimulating public conversation and debate about New York City's marijuana arrest crusade.

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