Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts

Alerts & Events

9/21/05: MA Treatment vs. Jail Committee Vote

9/20/04: HARM OR HELP: Responding to the Criminalization of Mental Illness and Addiction.
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6/1/05: June 6, 2005 Hearing on Diversion from Jail to Treatment Legislation

1/16/04: Protect Free Speech and Your Wallet

11/20/03: Harsh Drug Bill to be Introduced in Congress

11/3/03: Support Medical Marijuana Research in Massachusetts

10/21/03: Upcoming Event: Public Hearing on Diversion to Treatment

In 2002, the Bush administration spent more than $18.822 billion on the "War on Drugs."

The United States has locked up nearly a half a million people for non-violent drug offenses. We now have the largest prison population in the world.

In 2000, Massachusetts had the highest reported rate of illegal drug use in the nation. In 2001, there were over 14,000 adult drug arrests in Massachusetts, of which nearly 75% were for possession.

In 1999, minorities, who use & sell drugs at similar or lower rates than whites and who represent less than 20% of the state population, made up 54% of all state drug convictions, 80% of all mandatory drug convictions, and in Suffolk County, 89% of all school-zone convictions (imposing a mandatory minimum sentence of two years).

Research shows that decriminalizing marijuana in Massachusetts would save the state at least $24.3 million in law enforcement resources and would not lead to an increase in marijuana use.

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