How does your state measure up when it comes to establishing policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition?
Does the state permit access to clean syringes for people who inject drugs?
Does the state have naloxone training & distribution programs available to the public at syringe exchange programs or other facilities?
Does the state have a 911 Good Samaritan law?
Does the state have legal methadone access?
Are marijuana possession and use legal for medical purposes?
Is there a government-regulated distribution system for medical marijuana?
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What are the criminal penalties for marijuana possession?
How many people are arrested for a drug offense each year?
What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?
Total population (2011): white: 84.6%, black: 4.5%, native: 5.2%.
Drug arrests (2011): 85.3% white, 10.5% black, 3.6% native.
What happens to people’s voting rights when they become part of the criminal justice system?
May lose vote permanently if more than one conviction:. Any person who has not previously been convicted of any other felony shall automatically be restored any civil rights that were lost or suspended by the conviction if the person both: 1. Completes a term of probation or receives an absolute discharge from imprisonment. 2. Pays any fine or restitution imposed.
One of the most egregious outcomes of marijuana prohibition is that many seriously ill people cannot legally access the medicine that works best for them. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing the use of marijuana for qualifying patients under state law. While state medical marijuana programs differ from one another in significant ways, most are tightly controlled programs regulated by the state departments of public health.
During symbolic visit to “Tent City” jail, Poet Javier Sicilia and other Mexican victims of war on drugs to condemn inhumane practices of Joe Arpaio, longtime drug war enforcer and anti-immigrant sheriff
On third stop of cross-country journey, Caravan expresses its solidarity with those incarcerated and demands an end to drug war that has resulted in more than 60,000 killed and 10,000 disappeared in Mexico
Phoenix, Arizona – Today the “Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity” will visit Maricopa County’s notorious “Tent City” jail to denounce the criminalization and inhumane treatment of immigrants and people who use drugs.
Led by Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, the Caravan will condemn the dehumanizing practices of Joe Arpaio, the infamous anti-immigrant sheriff and former DEA agent, who has made enforcing the failed prohibition of drugs a centerpiece of his career.
Families Encourage Governor to Sign the Treatment-Instead-Of-Incarceration Legislation and Three Other Substance Use Treatment Bills
Santa Fe – At 2 pm this Friday, March 25th, stories and photos from women and families across New Mexico who have been impacted by substance use will be delivered to Governor Susana Martinez, at her office, to encourage her to sign a package of substance use treatment legislation aimed to treat addiction as a health issue, not a criminal one.