On June 17th, VOCAL-NY members marked the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s declaration of a “War on Drugs” with protests in the state capitol to demand an exit strategy. We encouraged passage of legislation that would help address the negative consequences of the drug war, including proposed laws that would prevent unlawful arrests for marijuana possession and restore voting rights for New Yorkers on parole.
The war on drugs is racially biased, unaffordable and a threat to constitutional rights. While New York was the first state to implement the war on drugs on a large scale with the Rockefeller Drug Laws, the state has begun to shift towards health based approaches to drug use in recent years that create new opportunities for alternative approaches.
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