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Some handy resources for fighting Drug Prohibition

praktik

TRIBE Member
Been tangling on drug law on another forum and realizing I have really come across some very well articulated and reliable sources for collecting evidence to support drug legalization.

Best of these is the "Transform Blueprint", first released in 2010. This is an excellent resource, with lots of research and footnotes to back it up (good as survey of current state of research on the topic too). Helps to present a well-argued plan for just how we can transition to a legalized environment, with a variety of permutations as to how that can be achieved.

I think there's a lot of fear out there and this has been handy to show - no, it's not that scary, and here is how we can do it carefully!

Transform : TDPF

Same people have helped make a new site, "Count the Costs - 50 Years of the Drug War" - which is very handy for detailing some of the horrendous human suffering we cause by implementing a prohibition policy with respect to drug use. Divided into thematic sections so if you want to talk about minority disenfranchisement, enriching/empowering criminals, health impacts they not only have a handy PDF for each of those concerns, but usually a whole pile of resources and studies they link to that discuss the same aspect.

Home | Count The Costs

The "Global Commission on Drugs" you might have heard of cause last year Kofi Annan and Richard Branson were really promoting their new initiative (which includes a whole host of luminaries from around the world).

Very handy links and resources+stats available there too:

Global Commission on Drug PolicyIt´s time to end the war on drugs.

And if you find yourself in an arcane policy discussion on balancing enforcement with treatment and other approaches to drug use, this RAND study was really excellent at demonstrating the long-term problems with an enforcement heavy approach and showing just how much more return we get in terms of reducing harms by taking that money and spending it on treatment instead.

http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/occasional_papers/2005/RAND_OP121.pdf
 

wickedken

TRIBE Member
Not really so wrong... just "small sample size". I, for one, however, have never met a crack baby. At least I don't think.
 

xopus

TRIBE Member
I thought i met a crack baby once, but it turned out to be rob ford wearing nothing but an adult diaper trying to get me to smoke crack with him. It was fucking weird i tell ya.
 

praktik

TRIBE Member
Not really so wrong... just "small sample size". I, for one, however, have never met a crack baby. At least I don't think.
Well yes, actually - i mean its those kinds of errors that can lead one to say that it was "bad science"...

You could even have a "statistically significant" result that is complete bullshit: NeuroLogica Blog » Publishing False Positives

Proper science requires that one look at the big picture and understand that their sample size may be too small to make good predictions about, or that your statistical analysis may be leading you astray... bad science is not controlling for these kinds of things and publishing because the result conforms to your expectations or the expectations of your audience...
 
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