Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts

DPFMA in the News

September 16, 2005:Grass in Mass,” Boston Phoenix

July 6, 2005:Rhode Trip,” Boston Phoenix

June 27, 2005: Pot Decriminalizing Measure Up for Debate,” Metrowest Daily News

June 19, 2005:Newburyport Man Makes Case for Medical Use of Marijuana,” Boston Globe

June 1, 2005:Protest Asks DA to Show Leniency,” Berkshire Eagle 

May 12, 2005:Justice forfeited along with drug loot,” Boston Herald Op-Ed by DPFMA Advisory Members Eric Blumenson and Eva Nilsen 

March 18, 2005:Drugs Can’t Be Legislated Away,” North Shore Sunday by DPFMA partner, New England Prevention Alliance Board Chair, Gary Langis 

February 7, 2005:Legal Pot Use in Mass. Is Not a Dead Issue,” Patriot Ledger

November 10, 2004:Pro-Marijuana Initiatives Supported Across the Bay State,” Tr-Town Transcript

November 7, 2004:Advocates Buoyed by Voter Support,” Boston Globe

November 5, 2004:Voters Back Pot for Medical Use,” Daily News Tribune & MetroWest Daily News

November 3, 2005:Voters Support Ballot Questions on Marijuana,”

October 26, 2004:Choices Abound for Region’s Voters,” The Republican

October 21, 2004:Marijuana Decriminalization Question is on Ballot Nov. 2,” Cohasset Mariner

September 24, 2004: "Patients, Doctors, Supporters Head to Washington to Demand Rescheduling of Marijuana as Medicine,” Drug War Chronicle

September 21, 2004:Needles Found at Nonprofit,” Springfield Republican

August 23, 2004:Show of Support for Marijuana,” MetroWest Daily News

August 22, 2004:Marijuana Questions on Several Local Ballots,” Boston Globe

August 4, 2004:Legalizing of Marijuana Use May Head to Ballot,” MetroWest Daily News

January 22, 2004: "Anti-Testing Groups Say Bush Wrong To Propose Student Drug Screening," State House News Service

December 12-18, 2003: War on Drugs: Pot Shots, Boston Phoenix

December 15, 2003: Private School to Test Effect of Screening All Students for Drugs, Boston Globe

December 12, 2003: A Life Filled with Trauma, Springfield Republican by DPFMA Board of Advisor Ellen Miller-Mack

November 22, 2003: Drug Treatment Pushed," Springfield Republican

November 9, 2003: New Bedford, Massachusetts Mayor Proposes New Voluntary Drug Testing Program at Schools, CBS Evening News (see attached)

October 17-23, 2003: Behind Closed Doors, Boston Phoenix

October 17-23, 2003: Snake-Oil Salesman, Boston Phoenix

October 17-2003: Baby Talk, Boston Phoenix

November 17, 2002: Potent Pot Puts New Spin on Decriminalization Debate, Boston Herald

November 17, 2002: Marijuana Movement Rolls into the Mainstream, Boston Globe

November 3, 2002: Boxford faces question on marijuana law, Salem News

October 30, 2002: Question 4 on local ballot would decriminalize pot, Georgetown Record

October 24, 2002: Marijuana decriminalization would help law enforcement; local police disagree, The Gardner News

October 3, 2003: Question Aimed at Easing Pot Penalties, Dorchester Reporter

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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