We can become more effective activists by educating ourselves on the
scholarly work done on drug policy. The overwhelming weight of scholarly
evidence on supports decriminalization; these are the most important studies
of drug policy ever conducted:
- The Laguardia Committee Report, commissioned by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia
of New York, published 1944.
- The Baroness Wootton Report, commissioned by the government of the
United Kingdom, published 1967.
- The Report of the Canadian Government Commission of Inquiry into the
Non-Medical Use of Drugs, publish 1969.
- Dealing With Drug Abuse: A report to the Ford Foundation, published
- * The Consumers Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs, published
1972; an excellent introduction to the subject.
- The Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse,
commissioned by President Nixon, published 1973.
- The Nation's Toughest Drug Law: Evaluating the New York Experience,
published by the Joint Committee on New York Drug Law Evaluation, of the
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1977.
- The Facts About Drug Abuse, published by the United States Drug Abuse
- An Analysis of Marijuana Policy, published by the National Research
Council of the National Academy of Sciences, 1982.
- The Report of the California State Research Advisory Panel, published
by the State of California in 1990.
Thanks to Clifford Schaffer for this valuable bibliography.
Hot off the press -- two outstanding new books on prohibition:
- America's Longest War: Rethinking Our Tragic Crusade Against Drugs
By Steven Duke of Yale Law School & Attorney Albert Gross
Published by Tarcher/Putnam, ISBN 0-87477-541-8; $26.95
- Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine
By Lester Grinspoon, M.D. & James Bakalar, or Harvard Medical School
Published by Yale University Press; ISBN 0-300-05435-1
TREE FREE -- We could stop cutting down our forests for paper, if only
the government would let us grow hemp -- even the non-psychoactive varieties.
Tree Free Eco Paper, in Portland, imports tree-less paper, 50% hemp and
50% straw, from China, naturally acid-free, and more environmentally sound
than the best recycled paper. Call (800) 775-0225 for a free sample.
The National Coalition Against Prohibition (NCAP -- also called Save
Our Liberties), is promoting the "Hoover" Resolution and working
for creation of the drug policy commission for which it calls. NCAP will
help anyone stage a "freedom rally" in their area; contact Eric
Harlow at 187 Acalanes Dr. #14, Sunnyvale, CA 94086-5520, (415) 964-3655.
NCAP also will provide END THE DRUG WAR stamps ($5/sheet of 30 or $10/3
sheets), t-shirts ($18), buttons ($2), and stickers ($2).