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.

Emerging Theraputic Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids: A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature Fourth Edition

Armentano, Paul

For patients and their physicians, this report can serve as a primer for those who are considering using or recommending medical cannabis. For others, this report can serve as an introduction to the broad range of emerging clinical applications for cannabis and its various compounds.

Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base

April 7, 2003

Marijuana and Medicine addresses the science base and the therapeutic effects of marijuana use for medical conditions such as glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. It covers marijuana's mechanism of action, acute and chronic effects on health and behavior, potential adverse effects, efficacy of different delivery systems, analysis of the data about marijuana as a gateway drug, and the prospects for developing cannabinoid drugs. The book evaluates how well marijuana meets accepted standards for medicine and considers the conclusions of other blue-ribbon panels.

Report 3 of the Council on Science and Public Health (I-09): Use of Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes

This report: (1) provides a brief historical perspective on the use of cannabis as medicine; (2) examines the current federal and state-based legal envelope relevant to the medical use of cannabis; (3) provides a brief overview of our current understanding of the pharmacology and physiology of the endocannabinoid system; (4) reviews clinical trials on the relative safety and efficacy of smoked cannabis and botanical-based products; and (5) places this information in perspective with respect to the current drug regulatory framework.

Unlocking America: Why and How to Reduce America's Prison Population

The JFA Institute

In the United States, every year since 1970, when only 196,429 persons were in state and federal prisons, the prison population has grown. Today there are over 1.5 million in state and federal prisons. Another 750,000 are in the nation’s jails. The growth has been constant—in years of rising crime and falling crime, in good economic times and bad, during wartime and while we were at peace. A generation of growth has produced prison populations that are now eight times what they were in 1970.

Adolescent Time Use, Risky Behavior and Outcomes: An Analysis of National Data

September 11, 1995
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This government study shows a vastly disproportionate incidence of adolescent drug use and other dangerous behavior occurs during the unsupervised hours between the end of classes and parent’s arrival home in the evening.

Report of the GEAR Task Force on Sentencing and Corrections to Governor Corzine


The Task Force recommends a 200 foot school and public property drug zone law accompanied by higher penalties in the zone for the following reasons:

School-Based Drug Prevention: What Kind of Drug Use Does It Prevent?

January 1, 2002
RAND Corporation

In this study published by the RAND Corporation, the authors examine the social benefits of school-based drug prevention programs. 

Access to Sterile Syringes and Public Health Costs in New Jersey: Suggestions for Public Policy

November 1, 2003
Donald M. Scarry, J.D., Ph.D.
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

This report highlights the connections between New Jersey's restrictive distribution scheme for sterile syringes and the incidence of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C among injection drug users. The recommendation we offer in this report is simple and straightforward: Any steps New Jersey can take to increase access to sterile syringes should be immediately incorporated into a strong, aggressive public health strategy to combat injection drug use.

Are Zero Tolerance Policies Effective in the Schools?

December 1, 2008
American Psychological Association Zero Tolerance Task Force

A review by the American Psychological Association of school discipline research shows that zero tolerance policies developed in the 1980s to stop drug use and curtail unruly and violent behavior in schools are not as successful as previously thought in creating safer environments in which to learn.

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