Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts


 
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There are many great national, statewide and local organizations that DPFMA currently works with or intends to reach out to in the near future. These different groups offer a wide range of approaches, information and goals on how to deal with drug control issues. DPFMA does not take responsibility for the information presented by these organizations, but we believe that their commitment to better public policy is sincere.

If you would like to add your organization to DPFMA's Links section, please contact info@dpfma.org.

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

Fact
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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