DPA Publication

Targeting Blacks for Marijuana: Possession Arrests of African Americans in California, 2004-08

June 29, 2010
Levine, Harry G., et al.

The Drug Policy Alliance, the nation's leading organization advocating alternatives to the war on drugs, has released a report that documents widespread race-based disparities in the enforcement of low-level marijuana possession laws in California. Focused on the 25 largest counties in the state, the report finds that African Americans are arrested for marijuana possession at substantially higher rates than whites, typically at double, triple or even quadruple the rate of whites.

Overdose: A National Crisis Taking Root in Texas

November 15, 2010
Drug Policy Alliance

Overdose deaths are an emerging public health  epidemic. Nationwide, they more than doubled between 2000 and 2006. More people died in the U.S. from overdose in 2006 than from HIV/AIDS or homicide. Significant federal funding is directed toward preventing HIV/AIDS and homicide, but virtually no federal dollars are designated for overdose prevention.

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