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National Overview for Marijuana Summit Tampa, Florida February 18-19, 2013 By: Calvina Fay Executive Director Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. And Save.

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1 National Overview for Marijuana Summit Tampa, Florida February 18-19, 2013 By: Calvina Fay Executive Director Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. And Save Our Society From Drugs

2 America is under attack!  Marijuana is portrayed as harmless  Marijuana use is glorified  Efforts to legalize and/or decriminalize marijuana are well-funded and picking up strength

3 The 1990s’ Ploys of the Drug Culture  Mainstream America approach  Prison overcrowding  Harm reduction – responsible/safe use  Marijuana and other Schedule One drugs as “medicine”  Drug war has failed  Hemp for the environment

4 Societal shifts that aided the drug legalization movement Due to both parents working and many single parent homes, parents have less time to be involved in lives of kids Fewer family meals Fewer families attend religious services Loss of teachers’ and parent’s rights to discipline children Baby boomers became parents and thought marijuana harmless because they weren’t harmed Public perception that pot is benign or safer than alcohol and people are too busy to read and learn from legitimate sources The Internet has become an effective tool for propagating misinformation

5 Societal shifts that aided the drug legalization movement With many new designer drugs and more awareness of prevalence of drugs, public perceives drug war as failure More and more family members have been arrested for drugs, resulting in an attitude shift away from incarceration Media bias has increased enormously as many members are themselves current or former drug users The other side has received huge amounts of funding to mobilize and train – and misinform When government took over the job of preventing and treating drug problems, parents handed it over With so many lawsuits pushed by the ACLU, even employers have somewhat abandoned the issue

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7 Risk vs. Use

8 Disapproval vs. Use

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10 The Involvement of Marijuana in CA Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes – Alfred Crancer and Alan Crancer

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12 2012 CA Roadside Survey of Nighttime Weekend Drivers’ Alcohol and Drug Use – Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation Drivers were allowed to opt out and 20% did 14% tested positive for one drug vs. 7.3% alcohol 14% marijuana users admitted using within 2 hrs. of driving 17% of marijuana users had BAC also

13 Decriminalization

14 Medical MarijuanaDecriminalization

15 Medical MarijuanaDecriminalizationLegalized

16 MedicalDecriminalizationLegalized Targeted for Legalization

17 MedicalDecriminalizationLegalized Targeted for Legalization Targeted for Medical

18 State Legislation Overview In 2012 we tracked 116 pieces of pro-drug legislation introduced in 31 states 31 are bills that sought to establish medi-pot programs 12 sought to decriminalize marijuana 10 sought to tax and/or regulate marijuana 28 sought to expand current medi-pot programs Remaining were misc. drug bills such as hemp bills, rescheduling MJ, & restructuring criminal penalties

19 We defeated 94 bills Medi-pot bills in AL, FL, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MS, MO, NH, NY, OH, PA, TN, WV, WI Decrim bills in AZ, HI, IL, IN, NH, NY, VT Legalize, tax & regulate bills in CA, CT, MA, MI, NH, RI 16 bills were carried over to the 2013 session

20 We only lost 6 bills Decrim bills in MD & RI Dispensary bill in RI Medi-pot bill in CT Hemp bill in CO Bill to create medi-pot fund in NM Expansion of medi-pot law as to who can recommend in RI

21 90 Pro-Drug bills have been introduced already in 2013! Medi-pot bills in AL, IL, IA, KS, KY, MS, NH, NY, NC, SD, TX Legalize, tax & regulate bills in HI, NH, RI Expansion of medi-pot bills in CO, HI, MT, OR, VT, WA Decrim bills in HI, IN, MD, MN, MO, NH, NM, NY, OK, SD, VT

22 Unfortunately, we lost 3 significant ballot initiatives in 2012 Marijuana legalized under the guise of medicine in MA Full legalization of marijuana in CO Full legalization of marijuana in WA

23 Conflicts with laws and treaties exit Federal Controlled Substances Act International Drug Control Treaties

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25 More current data shows state prisons currently are not clogged with low-level nonviolent marijuana users  million prisoners in state systems in 2011 vs million in 2004  53% sentenced for violent offenses  17% drug crimes (all drugs)  18% property offenses  14% murder and manslaughter  12% sexual assault Source: Prisoners in 2011, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

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