Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ask the Drug Czar a Question!

True. Drug Czar John Walters will be replaced shortly. But lets not make these last two months any easier for him. Take just a few minutes to ask him a question or two about U.S. drug policy with this nifty form on the White House website. 

Some topics to ask him about: 
  • Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity
  • HEA Aid Elimination Penalty
  • Prohibition Related Violence in Mexico
  • Increasing Accessible/Affordable Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
  • Student Drug Testing
  • State Wide Good Samaritan Policies 
Of course there is plenty more to ask and you'll want to be specific. It will only take a few minutes and SSDP would love for you to post your questions to SSDP talk, facebook, and the comments section of the blog! Feel free to contact me to strategize about questions if you'd like!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Have You Signed the Obama Drug Policy Petition?

Ideas are fantastic. So why not have an idea machine? SSDP has one and his name is Micah Daigle. His latest idea is a facebook petition that has generated nearly 17,000 signatures. What's this petition all about you ask? Well, its calling on President Elect Obama to reform U.S. drug policy. 

We petition that…

When you called the War on Drugs an "utter failure" in 2004, you were right. A 2008 Zogby poll found that 3 out of 4 of Americans agree with you. 

When appointing the head of your Office of National Drug Control Policy, please select someone with health, science, or education credentials rather than a military general, law enforcement official, or "tough on drugs" politician. The next "Drug Czar" should base policy on proven methodology rather than counterproductive ideology. At a minimum, he or she should support these measures: 

*Ending the racially unjust disparity in sentencing for crack and powder cocaine. 

*Ending the practice of prosecuting patients in states with medical marijuana laws. 

*Eliminating the federal law that denies financial aid to students with drug convictions. 

We all know that the War on Drugs is failing because handcuffs don't cure addictions -- doctors do. You have the opportunity to bring us the change we need. Will you?
The Undersigned
*Note: By the time I finished writing this, the petition has exceed 17,000 signatures!

Please help us achieve our goal of 20,000 signatures by signing the petition here and inviting your friends to sign it. 

Yes we can... have sensible drug policies.