Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Welcome to the DARE Generation Diary!

DARE Generation Diary provides a forum for members of the DARE Generation - those of us who grew up during the escalation of the War on Drugs - to share our thoughts on punitive policies that negatively impact us. The blog also facilitates discussion about strategies and tactics for eliminating those policies.

For too long, the failed War on Drugs has been waged purportedly to protect young people from the dangers of drug abuse. But we know that these draconian policies actually put us at greater risk. We will not allow this war to be waged in our names any longer.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), is the leading organization working to overturn drug policies that negatively affect youth. To find out how to get invovled, please visit our website at www.DAREgeneration.com.


Ross Wilson said...

For those who haven't seen it, please get your hands on a copy of Busted: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters. (For more info, go to www.flexyourrights.org) I've talked to a few college students lately who've had a brush with the law connected with alcohol or other drugs, and the only reason that they're in the situation they are is because they waived their 4th amendment right against search without probable cause, their 4th amendment right to not serve as a witness against themselves, and their 6th amendment right to legal counsel.

All of these college students were embarrassed to realize that it was their own fault that they'd surrendered their constitutional rights for no reason and wished that they had seen the video beforehand.

I think sometimes that civics lessons in high school seem to be just a academic exercise or a history lesson, but young people need to know that many of the rights contained in the Constitution are most critical to them RIGHT NOW. As young people, we are often subject to the disproportionate enforcement of laws -- particularly drug laws -- and we need to be prepared to hold the line on the rights the founding fathers gave to us for exactly the kinds of situations we often find ourselves in with police officers.

Be safe, don't put others at risk because of your own irresponsible behavior, and don't EVER, EVER consent to any search or tell a police officer that you've broken any law. Don't be stupid.

Practice safe citizenship and use constitutional protection each and every time you have an enounter with a police officer. If you don't, you just might end up with a record. If you think you might be in danger of getting one, talk to a lawyer. But regardless, get tested regularly by watching Busted.

Bob Merkin said...

Go Denver! The voters just told the city to make cannabis possession -- an ounce or less -- the lowest police priority!

Of course the authorities say they'll just keep busting low-weight possession with state law ...

but the folks of Denver have told the community what they think about the lifelong criminal records, the loss of student aid.

Denver legalized it!

And hooray for SSDP's new blog!