At last evening's ENJAN meeting, we agreed to join numerous other organizations across the country in a demonstration on Wednesday, December 17 at noon (local time) to call for an end to the Drug War. December 17 marks exactly one hundred years since the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Act, the first federal drug prohibition law, and hence the essential beginning of the War on Drugs. Our demonstration will be in front of the Dutchess County Courthouse on Market Street in Poughkeepsie. Other organizations will demonstrate at other county courthouses across the nation.
This national demonstration is the brainchild of Dean Becker, contributing expert in drug policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, host of weekly radio program Cultural Baggage on Pacifica (KPFT) devoted to the drug war, lecturer for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), and author of the 2014 book To End the War on Drugs.