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America's Longest Ongoing War: The 'Race' War on Drugs
America's Longest Ongoing War: The 'Race' War on Drugs The American Muslim, January 9, 2012
Marijuana Arrests Skyrocket in California
Marijuana Arrests Skyrocket in California OpposingViews.com, November 14, 2011
Report: Misdemeanor Marijuana Arrests Skyrocketing in California
Report: Misdemeanor Marijuana Arrests Skyrocketing in California SF Weekly, November 11, 2011
Misdemeanor marijuana arrests are skyrocketing
Misdemeanor marijuana arrests are skyrocketing
CJCJ's newest study: Proposition 19's attempt to legalize marijuana - Failure or Success
CJCJ's newest Policy Study: "
Proposition 19: Did "Failure" Build Larger Success?
Proposition 19: Did "Failure" Build Larger Success?
Marijuana Legalization Has Nothing to Do with Teenagers
I agree with Randy Shelden 99% of the time and respect his views, but I argue his blog   on Proposition 19, as well as other commentaries such as the Media Awareness Project 's, are dead wrong in both facts and emphasis. Those who want to reform destructive drug policies should not join drug warriors in obsessing over the unimportant issue of how many teenagers smoke pot. Shelden argues that under the current marijuana criminalization, "according to several studies, currently it is…
Proposition 19: Will the Drug Warriors Win Again?
Proposition 19, California's initiative that would legalize marijuana, is opposed by the majority of the citizens, according to the latest polls, as reported in the Los Angeles Times .  Proposition 19 "Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older. Prohibits people from possessing marijuana on school grounds,…
Bizarre Drug Czar Logic
The most fundamental disagreement between drug policy reformers and drug warriors such as Office of National Drug Control Policy chief Gail Kerlikowske--who is warning that the federal government may sue to overturn California's Proposition 19 should the initiative to legalize adult possession of small quantities of marijuana pass on November 2--is what constitutes "the problem." Reported the Associated Press on October 20:      Kerlikowske was in Southern California on Wednesday for…
Proposition 19 Provokes Legislative Reform
Regardless of the outcome of the November election, Proposition 19 's  strong poll showing   has already achieved a major victory. California's legislature and governor, seeking to preempt 19's potential to legalize low-level marijuana possession for those over age 21, approved Senate Bill 1449 to reduce possession of less than one ounce of marijuana to a mere civil infraction carrying a fine of up to $100 for all ages. My investigation of fine schedules suggest that's roughly…
Marijuana Arrests and California's Drug War: A Report to the California Legislature, 2010 Update
Marijuana Arrests and California's Drug War: A Report to the California Legislature, 2010 Update
Marijuana: California's Black "Criminal (In)justice System"
Two provocative papers issued by CJCJ this month find that despite racial progress in other areas, American authorities' historical campaign to associate taboo drugs, particularly marijuana, with "Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos," and other minorities (U.S. Commissioner of Narcotics Harry Anslinger, 1936) remains powerful in 2010. CJCJ's first paper analyzes new criminal justice, health, and drug monitoring agency statistics to document that California operates a separate, harshly unequal…
Targeting Blacks for Marijuana - Possession Arrests of African Americans in California, 2004-08
Targeting Blacks for Marijuana - Possession Arrests of African Americans in California, 2004-08 The Drug Policy Alliance, June 30, 2010
Listen to CJCJ's Newest Broadcast: Marijuana Legalization in CA
CJCJ has just released a broadcast on marijuana legalization in California, as part of our newest component to our public education efforts.  Our broadcasts provide quick and easy access to key information on pressing criminal and juvenile justice matters, in an understandable and easy to relate fashion. Listen to staff Ashley Afferino interview CJCJ Program Director and SF Reentry Commissioner Gerald Miller on the topic of
Marijuana: To Legalize or Not to Legalize
Today is April 20, 2010, also known as 4/20.  Many consider today an unofficial holiday: National Marijuana Day. Since today is 4/20, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) thought no other day would be more appropriate to educate people on the fiscal and legal implications of legalizing marijuana in California.  CJCJ is in no way advocating for the use of non-medicinal marijuana, however, I feel it is critical to be fully informed on the matter.  As part of our various public…
Broadcast: Marijuana Legalization in California
San Francisco's Reentry Commissioner and Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice Program Director Gerald Miller discusses the hot topic of legalizing marijuana.  Mr. Miller covers misconceptions of legalizing marijuana, the trends marijuana arrest rates have taken in the last twenty years, and some of the implications involved if marijuana were to be legalized. As indicated in the graph above, misdemeanor marijuana arrests have been on an upward trend since 1992. ~  In 1990 Marijuana…
Advocates for legal pot say time's right in state
Advocates for legal pot say time's right in state Ventura County Star, January 9, 2010
War on Drugs Update
It's time for another one of my end of the year drug war updates.  I haven't done this in a while, so it is overdue.   To start with, as of December 7, 2009, we have spent more than $47 billion ($18.7 billion at the federal level and about $28.7 billion at the state level).  These figures come from an excellent web site called the War on Drugs Clock , which is published by a web site called Drug Sense .   The War on Drugs Clock also reports that so far this year more than 1.7 million…
Pot acceptable? Not for young and nonwhite
Pot acceptable? Not for young and nonwhite CNN, November 5, 2009
Executive Director Daniel Macallair presents to the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Marijuana Legislation
Daniel Macallair, Executive Director of CJCJ, presented to the Assembly Public Safety Committee on October 28, 2009.  His presentation focused on marijuana arrest rates including demographic trends, imprisonment rates, and disparities between arrest rates within California counties.  CJCJ's recently released report, " View Mr. Macallair's testimony to the State Assembly by clicking on his image   or view the full informational hearing on Marijuana Legislation below. Part 1 of 3 …
Making War on the Drug War
Making War on the Drug War California Progress Report, November 4, 2009
Historic Hearing on Marijuana Legalization in the California Legislature
Historic Hearing on Marijuana Legalization in the California Legislature Drug War Chronicle, October 30, 2009
Marijuana Arrests and California's Drug War
Marijuana Arrests and California's Drug War
The racism of marijuana prohibition
The racism of marijuana prohibition Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2009
San Francisco: The "Selma" of Drug Policing
In any given year over the last two decades, San Francisco Police Department arrests for simple possession of marijuana have varied by up to 300% over other years. After a 1999 peak (946 arrests), numbers plunged to 357 in 2007, then nearly doubled to 609 in 2008. Why? Who knows? Nobody seriously contends pot smoking varies that radically over time, if the streets' sweet haze densities are any indicator. What has changed, and radically, is who's getting arrested. In the peak year of 1999,…

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