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Drug Policy Reform

(see also Drug Trade & Abuse, War on Drugs, Latin America: War on Drugs & Southeast Asia: War on Drugs)

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On the Web: Articles

Seven Years on the Sidewalk. Jennifer Gonnerman, Village Voice (12/14/04). Randy Credico's campaign against Rockefeller Drug Laws.

Medical Marihuana Keeps On Rolling. Jennifer Gonnerman, Village Voice (12/7/04). Whatever Supreme Court decides, issue is not going away.

Prisons Needlessly Overpopulated with Drug Offenders. Walter Cronkite, Centre Daily Times (8/4/04).

Evaluation of Substance Abuse & Crime Prevention Act (California Proposition 36). UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, 2002. Implementation more expensive than expected.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

ACLU Drug Law Reform Project.

CA Proposition 36.

Campaign for Effective Criminal Justice (CECJ).

Campaign for the Restoration & Regulation of Hemp.

Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy.

Change the Climate.

Christians for Cannabis.

Common Sense for Drug Policy.

Drug Policy Alliance (formerly Lindesmith Center Drug Policy Foundation).

European Coalition for Drug Policy Reform.

Help Stop Aids. Advocates needle-exchange programs for injected drug users.

Join Together. Take action against substance abuse & gun violence.

Judges Against the Drug War. Judicial opinions critical of the new Prohibition & the resulting increase in police powers, civil liberties violations, mandatory sentencing & incarceration.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

Marijuana Policy Project.

Narco News Bulletin.

November Coalition.

Parents, The Anti-Drug. US Office of National Drug Control Policy line.

Partnership for Responsible Drug Information.

ReconsiDer Forum on Drug Policy.

Religious Leaders for a More Just & Compassionate Drug Policy.

Safety First. Reality-based approach to teens, drugs & drug education.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Talk Left: The Politics of Crime.

Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform.

Veterans for More Effective Drug Strategies.

In the Library: Articles

Dingelstad, David et al. "The social construction of drug debates," Social Science Medicine 43,12 (1996):1829-38.

Reinarman, Craig. "The drug policy debate in Europe: The case of Califano vs. the Netherlands," International Journal of Drug Policy 8 (1997).

__________. "Fundamentalism cannot make the facts go away," International Journal of Drug Policy 9 (1998).

__________. "Capitalism, prohibitionism & the drug policy reform movement," International Journal of Drug Policy 12 (2001).

__________ ; A. Wodack & P.D.A. Cohen. "Cannabis control: costs outweigh benefits," British Medical Journal 324 (2002).

__________ & H.G. Levine. "Crack in the rear-view mirror: deconstructing drug war mythology," Social Justice 31 (2004).

Smith, Adam J. "Drug war retreat. England moves to decriminalize narcotics," In These Times (1/7/01):3-4.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Benson, Robert; Martha Honey & Sanho Tree. The War on Drugs: Addicted to Failure. Recommendations of the Citizens' Commission on US Drug Policy (Washington: Institute for Policy Studies, 2000).

Bernards, Neal (ed.) War on Drugs: Opposing Viewpoints (San Diego CA: Greenhaven, 1990).

De Greiff, Pablo (ed.) Drugs & the Limits of Liberalism: Moral & Legal Issues (Ithaca: Cornell, 1999).

Earlywine, Mitch. Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence (NY: Oxford, 2002).

Eldredge, Dirk Chase. Ending the War on Drugs: A Solution for America (Bridgehampton NY: Bridge Works, 1998).

Gray, Mike. Drug Crazy: How We Got Into this Mess & How We Can Get Out (NY: Random House, 1997).

__________ (ed.) Busted: Stone Cowboys, Narco Lords & Washington's War on Drugs (NY: Nation, 2002).

Husak, Douglas. Legalize This! The Case for Decriminalizing Drugs (NY: Verso, 2002).

Krauss, Melvyn B. & Edward P. Lazear (eds.) Searching for Alternatives: Drug Control Policy in the US (Stanford: Stanford, 1991).

Leuw, Ed. & I. Haen Marshall (eds.) Between Prohibition & Legalization: The Dutch Experiment in Drug Policy (Amsterdam: Kugler, 1994).

MacCoun, Robert J. & Peter Reuter. Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Vices, Times & Places (Berkeley: U. of California, 2001).

Massing, Michael. The Fix (Berkeley: U. of California, 2000). Blistering critique of U.S. anti-drug policy.

McCoy, Alfred W. & Alan A. Block (eds.) War on Drugs: Studies in the Failure of US Narcotics Policy (Boulder: Westview, 1992).

Miron, Jeffrey A. Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition (Oakland CA: Independent Institute, 2004).

Morgan, John & Lynn Zimmer. Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts (NY: Lindesmith Center, 1997).

Reinarman, Craig & Harry G. Levine. Crack in America: Demon Drugs & Social Justice (Berkeley: U. of California, 1998).

Schaler, Jeffrey A. (ed.) Drugs: Should We Legalize, Decriminalize or Regulate (NY: Prometheus, 1998).

Silver, Gary (ed.) The Dope Chronicles, 1850-1950 (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1979). Material from metropolitan dailies of period, documenting hysterical campaign for drug prohibition -- largely unaffected by implementation & abysmal failure of alcohol prohibition in same era.

Thompson, Stephen P. (ed.) The War on Drugs: Opposing Viewpoints (San Diego CA: Greenhaven, 1998).

Trebach, Arthur & Kevin Zeese (eds.) Drug Prohibition & the Conscience of Nations (Washington: Drug Policy Foundation, 1990).

Viswanathan, Neeraja. The Street Law Handbook: Surviving Drugs, Sex, & Petty Crime (NY: Bloomsbury, 2004).

Yablonsky, Lewis. Synanon: The Tunnel Back (Baltimore: Penguin, 1967).

Zimring, Franklin E. & Gordon Hawkins. The Search for Rational Drug Control (NY: Cambridge, 1992).

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CD & Audio

Film & Video

"The Hemp Revolution" [1996], by Conscious Light with Video Vision Productions, 73m. From Tara Releasing.

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