Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts


 
Policy Areas

DPFMA strives to help develop scientifically based, economically sound, and socially responsible public policy. The issues that are effected by our state's approach to drug control span a large array of topics, institutions, fields of study and policy areas. In order to present a comprehensive reform agenda DPFMA continues to develop public policy positions in the areas of public health, education, criminal justice, economic planning, urban and rural development, and many more.

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

Fact
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.

Fact
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.

Fact
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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