The Broward Law Blog welcomes the Executive Director of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy with a commentary on the need to change our nation's drug laws. Many of my own views on this issue are best expressed at http://www.kentvent.blogspot.com, my personal ranting page of collected columns. But here we endorse wholeheartedly and welcome Kris's call for help:
'George W. Bush may be relaxing at his ranch in Texas, but many of his friends are still waging a war on public health at home and abroad. Believe it or not, the day after President Obama took his oath of office, Bush-appointed cops raided a medical marijuana collective in California, despite our new president's pledge to end those cruel attacks on patients! And right now, U.S. delegates to the United Nations are stonewalling efforts to include life-saving, harm reduction measures in the new global drug strategy, even though Obama publicly supports those measures. (This includes needle exchange programs, which have been proven to drastically reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.)
If successful, these remnants of the Bush administration could set global drug policy back ten years, since this strategy will not be reviewed again until 2019! And we risk further alienating our European and Latin American allies who strongly support the inclusion of harm reduction in this new global drug strategy.Clearly, our delegates need to fall in line with the new administration or lose their jobs. But the President has a lot on his plate right now. And that's why he needs to hear from Americans like you who want to see an immediate change in drug policy.
Please take a moment to send a letter to the President and Secretary of State Clinton urging them to order our U.N. delegates to advocate for public health instead of "zero tolerance" policies. The letter is pre-written for you, but you can edit it if you like: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=vbZOeSMg1fgmjkVqnH0Abqu8ugrgzEoA
Students for Sensible Drug Policy was one of 25 North American organizations to participate in a global forum last year that resulted in the formulation of recommendations that embraced harm reduction and recognized the fundamental human rights of drug users.
We won't let our voices be silenced because of a few of rogue Bush administration appointees who are blatantly ignoring the will of the current administration. Fortunately, we're not the only ones who are concerned about this. Just today, the New York Times published an editorial criticizing our delegates' opposition to harm reduction. And a few days ago, Congressman Henry Waxman (D - CA) and others sent a letter to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, warning against "crafting a U.N. declaration that is at odds with our own national policies and interests… as we needlessly alienate our nation's allies in Europe."If they can send a letter, so can we. http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=Nec6Ex74cF%2FrQtDzTW%2B0wau8ugrgzEoA
Executive DirectorStudents for Sensible Drug Policy
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