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stop the drug warBy David Borden

Dear reformer:

Please Make a Generous End-Year (Tax-Deductible) Donation to StoptheDrugWar.org

2014 saw great victories for drug policy reform. Initiatives to tax and regulate marijuana passed in two additional states, bringing the number of legalization states to four. A measure legalizing possession and home growing of marijuana passed in Washington, DC by nearly 70%. And Congress – yes, Congress – has passed historic, long sought legislation blocking the Dept. of Justice from using taxpayer funds to undermine state medical marijuana laws.

But our victories are already under attack. In the same bill that protected medical marijuana, a handful of regressive members of Congress also got language included that may block DC’s initiative from taking effect. Of even greater concern is a lawsuit filed this month by Nebraska and Oklahoma – neighbors of Colorado – seeking to overturn legalization in Colorado. They argue that federal marijuana prohibition preempts Colorado’s voter-backed legalization measure, and that the US is violating international drug control treaties by permitting it to continue.

StoptheDrugWar.org is launching a coalition to take on international drug policy, including but not limited to reforming the treaties to explicitly allow countries to experiment with legalization systems. The first meeting is taking place in January. We need your financial support to be able to consistently keep our focus on this effort. In 2016 the UN General Assembly will hold a Special Session on Drugs, which makes the work of building and organizing this coalition critical right now.

Because marijuana prohibition is not the only bad drug policy, we also need your support to continue our work of advancing the dialogue on prohibition as a whole, while supporting smaller changes to other drugs’ policies such as sentencing reform, medical availability, harm reduction programs like needle exchange, demilitarizing the drug war at home and broad, ending collateral consequences such as denial of college aid or food assistance because of drug convictions, more. Our newsletter, Drug War Chronicle, continues to be a core tool used by organizations, media, policymakers and other concerned parties in the long process of drug policy reform. Read some of their testimonials online here.

We can’t continue this fight without you. Donations from our members – large ones and small ones – are an absolutely essential part of our budget, and without them this work will stop. Will you step up during these final days of the year with a generous tax-deductible donation to our educational work, or a non-deductible donation to support our lobbying work?

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  • Jeff deutsch

    A quick note of thanks to “Johnny Green” —

    As a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research and Cancer therapy, and as someone who feels there’s way too much unnecessary suffering in the world, I’m a firm believer in the ethical necessity of immediately legalizing Medical Marijuana at the national level, and in ensuring that its covered by all insurance plans, so that every American who needs it has access to it. We lose more Americans each year to Cancer than we lost in WWII. We lose 1,500 Americans every day to Cancer. Every minute an American dies of Cancer. Dying of Cancer sucks — Ask anyone doing it. Cancer patients can’t wait. The need to immediately legalize Medical Marijuana is a MORAL ISSUE. Its one of the biggest moral issues of our time. Cancer patients shouldn’t be used as political footballs. The President and Congress need to legalize Medical Marijuana IMMEDIATELY at the national level. No state has the right to deny Cancer patients the best known treatment for Chemotherapy related side effects, the best non-narcotic pain relieve known to mankind, and the most promising addition to Cancer therapy in years.

    Oncologists have known for over 25 years that Marijuana is unmatched in its ability to help patients get through Chemotherapy —

    http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/9/7/1314

    It should never been made illegal, and we should have legalized it decades ago.

    From the Journal of Clinical Oncology, 1991 —

    Marijuana as antiemetic medicine: a survey of oncologists’ experiences and attitudes.

    R E Doblin and

    M A Kleiman

    +Author Affiliations

    Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA 02138.

    Abstract

    A random-sample, anonymous survey of the members of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) was conducted in spring 1990 measuring the attitudes and experiences of American oncologists concerning the antiemetic use of marijuana in cancer chemotherapy patients. The survey was mailed to about one third (N = 2,430) of all United States-based ASCO members and yielded a response rate of 43% (1,035). More than 44% of the respondents report recommending the (illegal) use of marijuana for the control of emesis to at least one cancer chemotherapy patient. Almost one half (48%) would prescribe marijuana to some of their patients if it were legal. As a group, respondents considered smoked marijuana to be somewhat more effective than the legally available oral synthetic dronabinol ([THC] Marinol; Unimed, Somerville, NJ) and roughly as safe. Of the respondents who expressed an opinion, a majority (54%) thought marijuana should be available by prescription. These results bear on the question of whether marijuana has a “currently accepted medical use,” at issue in an ongoing administrative and legal dispute concerning whether marijuana in smoked form should be available by prescription along with synthetic THC in oral form. This survey demonstrates that oncologists’ experience with the medical use of marijuana is more extensive, and their opinions of it are more favorable, than the regulatory authorities appear to have believed.

  • Jeff deutsch

    As a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research and Cancer therapy, and as someone who feels there’s way too much unnecessary suffering in the world, I’m a firm believer in the ethical necessity of immediately legalizing Medical Marijuana at the national level, and in ensuring that its covered by all insurance plans, so that every American who needs it has access to it. We lose more Americans each year to Cancer than we lost in WWII. We lose 1,500 Americans every day to Cancer. Every minute an American dies of Cancer. Dying of Cancer sucks — Ask anyone doing it. Cancer patients can’t wait. The need to immediately legalize Medical Marijuana is a MORAL ISSUE. Its one of the biggest moral issues of our time. Cancer patients shouldn’t be used as political footballs. The President and Congress need to legalize Medical Marijuana IMMEDIATELY at the national level. No state has the right to deny Cancer patients the best known treatment for Chemotherapy related side effects, the best non-narcotic pain relieve known to mankind, and the most promising addition to Cancer therapy in years.

  • Detective Howard Wooldridge is doing International work with some success. Support him.

    http://www.citizensopposingprohibition.org/join-cop/