The fight for legalization and for an end to the War on Drugs is still chugging along. In addition to coming out as user to you neighbors, you can also give your time to changing the world. Below are a few groups working to reform the system, why not help them out by volunteering?
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is a DC-based non-profit group that advocates the legalization of marijuana use and cultivation for adults. At HT, we tend to advocate the same thing. In fact, we’ve published reports from NORML as well as news items and interviews. Anyone looking to get involved in changing drug policy should definitely check them out.
Like NORML, the Drug Policy Alliance advocates marijuana reform and, more broadly, larger drug policy reform. Their website has nifty stats that put the absurdity and racism of America’s War on Drugs into perspective. The Alliance’s founder, Ethan Nadelmann, owns both a JD and a PhD., while Ira Glasser, former executive director of the ACLU, heads the board. In other words, these are immensely intelligent, thoughtful people who want to enact positive change. To learn how to support the DPA, donate here or apply for a job or internship.
For college students interested in drug reform, there’s no better organization than the Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. SSDP has chapters all over the country, and students from schools lacking chapters can start them. Having been an active member of SSDP for a time, I can say with certainty that its leaders are highly dedicated, driven, Type A people who know how to get shit done. Which is more, they’re nice as hell and want to get to know you. We encourage anyone with a chapter at their school to attend a meeting. At the very least, you'll make some smokin' new friends.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is exactly what it sounds like. Law enforcement professionals who have experienced the stupidities and biases of the War on Drugs work to educate people and reform legislation. LEAP speakers specifically inform interested parties about both the Drug War itself and how to respond to police officers. As with each of these organizations, knowledge of one’s rights in a situation involving police is emphasized. For more info on LEAP and their activities, check here or here.