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Pledge “drugwar”

"I will work to reduce the harm of the drug war but only if 99 other people will do the same."

— Albert "Max" Abramson, free state project activist

Deadline to sign up by: 31st December 2007
107 people signed up (8 over target)

Country: United States

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The War on Drugs is now costing taxpayers an estimated $69 billion a year, resulting in the incarceration of about 400,000 people (88% for marijuana posession), and getting thousands of innocent bystanders killed. Many inner city neighborhoods have been turned into war zones, whole police departments have been corrupted, and political debate is being stiffled.

Some proponents of the drug war have told us that we shouldn't even discuss decriminalization, claiming that the debate would result in higher rates of drug use among kids. If anything, many of the films shown in our schools have encouraged higher rates of drug use amongst our children. Drug treatment efforts have been limited or even shut down by drug enforcement.

Thousands of innocent bystanders have been killed in botched drug raids, drive by shootings, and gang violence that never happened before the drug war started. Thousands have been imprisoned on drug charges who've never even used drugs. Simply passing a joint around, even if you haven't smoke it, can get you imprisoned. People have been jailed for standing on the wrong street corner, or for guilt by association. Others have been incarcerated simply for taking a phone call.

Thousands of Americans have had their homes raided, dragged into the street while officers tear their homes apart. Houses, boats, planes, businesses, and money have been siezed without trial, without charges even being filed against private citizens.

We're not the only country seeing that drug prohibition isn't working. Spain, Italy, and Luxemburg have decriminalized most drugs. Portugal has legalized all drugs. Holland now tolerates drug use in designated areas, and all have seen their drug crime rates decline tremendously. They still have drug users, but no illegal drug traffic. Theft and violent crime rates have declined, but in America, stepped up drug enforcement is followed by rising crime rates.

Will you get involved in state and local politics, to work to educate people about the harm of the drug war? Will you lobby your legislators and other elected officials about this disasterous policy? Will you show others how to effect change in this country, and the need to do so?

If we fail in this effort, thousands more lives will be ruined. More bystanders will fall prey to gang violence and drug raids gone wrong. More people will lose their homes, and thousands more will be needlessly imprisoned. But if we fail, at least let us say that we did something--to those who've lost loved ones to the drug war--let them remember that we tried to end this nightmare.

Please visit the following links, and let others know about the need to do something about this.

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  • I think we're already working on this, but it isn't going to be easy. I tried to get a related line put into the NH Republican Party platform, but the bosses removed it. One of our state reps asked for a committee to study the issue and he was shouted down something like 20 to 2. We have to get involved politically and win a few elections before we'll be able to make much of a difference on this one.
  • New Hampshiew is a great place to fight this battle... where it can be really done person-to-person, not with marketing campaigns.
  • Amen.
    Matt Simon, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Since this is a nationwide pledge, I have been contacting people outside of NH, and hope that this pledge also draws attention to the level of activism in our state. I think that when people see what we're able to accomplish here, it will also encourage similar activism accross the country.

    More importantly, more people will see what we're up against. Those who are using negative and dishonest tactics will have a harder time keeping the position that they have when more people see what they're doing.
  • Harm reduction is a public health philosophy that seeks to lessen the dangers that drug abuse and our drug policies cause to society. A harm reduction strategy is a comprehensive approach to drug abuse and drug policy. Harm reduction's complexity lends to its misperception as a drug legalization tool.

    from Drug Policy Alliance web site
  • Coming from Colombia, where many judges, policemen, journalists, politicians and people in general have been killed fighting drugs, anything we can do to change this war on drugs is really important.
    Juanita Leon, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I agree with this pledge, anycase I really think that harm reduction would be nice for all the reasons not only for Drug War.

    Unfortunately I am so far from there and I really don't know how to help you... anycase I perfectly agrr with this pledge
  • For students interested in fighting the War on Drugs check to see if you're university has a chapter of S.S.D.P. (Students for Sensible Drug Policy). If not, consider starting one. Check out for more info.
  • The NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy is making great progress; I strongly suggest anyone in New Hampshire check it out:
    Denis Goddard, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • A solid strategy for involving other people is to target other politically active groups (taxpayer's groups, property rights groups, environmental groups). These are the folks who are doing most of the work in politics, and these are the people who influence local opinion. Many people believe that we should decriminalize outright, but don't know the harm caused by the drug war.

    There are only a few people actively educating the public about the damage being done to people. If we can educate other activists, some will pass the word just as we have been.
    Albert "Max" Abramson, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I tried to get a related line put into the NH Republican Party platform, but the bosses removed it. One of our state reps asked for a committee to study the issue and he was shouted down something like 20 to 2. We have to get involved politically and win a few elections before we'll be able to make much of a difference on this one.
  • One way you can help to reduce the drug war is to support a president that actually values personal freedom.

    Please consider supporting the Ron Paul pledge at:
  • You bet I'm supporting Ron Paul. In fact, I've been giving away Ron Paul for Prez T-shirts. (Just promised out the last one.) Hopefully, some of the other Paul supporters and First1000 folks will also sign this pledge.

    We're only about 20 signatures shy of hitting our target. Be sure to let people know about this pledge, especially if they are already working on this issue.
  • I am signing my name to this, not because I currently believe we should support decriminalization of drugs, but because I feel that effort should be put forth by our legislature to research this issue. I think after careful eximnation the right choice should be made but at this time I do not know what that choice is.
    Ryan Reisiger, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Interesting article!
  • I'm an older guy (50), and rather straight, so you might say that this doesn't apply to me. But you would be wrong. And not just from the viewpoint of its cost. There's also the issue of the freedom to do what you wish, so long as you don't harm anyone else. It seems that Ron Paul is the only politician I have seen who understands the issue as it truely is--an issue of rights AND an issue of a waste of many billions of dollers.

    But Ron Paul also understands that all wars -the war on drugs as well as the war in Iraq- can only be stopped by cutting off the money. We need a smaller, less intrusive government. That's why he wants to eliminate the IRS, the Federal Reserve, the Department of Education, etc. As Henry David Thoreau said, "That government is best that governs least."

    Ron Paul is the last best hope to save the Constitution. It seems to me that sending him a donation is the best way to fulfill this pledge.
    Al Dove, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Of course, I'm supporting Ron Paul's campaign, too. I think that we also need to move forward with long term effort to involve more people in drug policy. That new person you reach may become an important donor or activist, too. He or she may reach out to lots of other people, and do more to ivolve people than anyone else on this board.
    Max, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I feel sorry reading this. You have my support!
    Ann, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I'd encourage you to use the tools found in the yellow box on your pledge page to promote your pledge using flyers, MySpace, and blogs. PledgeBank also just launched a Facebook application (see the purple box above the yellow one on this page); you can use that link to invite friends to sign this pledge.

    Good luck!
    Heather, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
    Jeffrey Hughey, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I will spend the next 60 days doing all I can to promote and educate people on the benefits and government lies of medicinal cannabis, but only if 50 people join me.

    I will also donate $100 to CA-NORML if 50 people join me in making the pledge of educating folks as best as you can, with the aid of printed materials if necessary.

    I speak publicly and will perform myy obligation in front of an audience.

    Being an Attorney and a legal, medicinal vaporizer user of cannabis. I can semantically say that I do not SMOKE cannabis, I volatize it for phyto-inhalation [ I am also a Crohn's sufferer and a terminal Hep-C patient (acquired thanks to a transfusion at the age of 5.)

    According to the State I live in, if a doctor feels that this highly useful substance helps a patient, the state must issue a medical ID and allow the person to make use of dispensaries, or grow their own medicine.

    The FEDS do not recognize this, and have been raiding LEGALLY MANDATED dispensaries, arresting WHEELCHAIR BOUND CANCER PATIENTS and generally fighting a loosing battle.

    George Washington grew and cultivated hemp, both for it's useful properties, it's oil, and it's medicinal properties.

    The "Save the Children; this will confuse them" argument doesn't fly with me. Medical cannabis programs are rather strictly controlled, and there is no chance a child would ever receive a cannabis card or a recommendation from a doctor.

    Please peruse the below links:

  • Great site with very good look and perfect information.Keep up the good work.
    Thank you…
  • YHanks Matt
    Audio, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • So what? wheres the DEA when we need it?, thank you was really intersting to read..
    Rob, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Good article.
  • War on drugs do more harm then good.
  • Interesting info
    Thanks for article
  • So far, we need only two more signatures. Stay tuned for December 31st when we kick off our harm reduction education campaign. If everyone signs up just one more friend by December, we'll have 200 people to work actively on this project.
    Max Abramson, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Congratulations! We have reached our goal of 100 signers. We still have six weeks left to gather volunteers, and there is now a google group I am encouraging everyone to join.

    Thanks to everyone for the effort in gathering new members. A lot of activities are being planned for the coming year to actively educate more people about this matter. Please continue on and join the google group

    Everyone's effort is greatly appreciated.

    Albert "Max" Abramson
    pledge creator
  • I have also created a Yahoo Groups page with more information on it. There are two polls and two photo albums already up, so feel free to sign up.
  • Also, for those folks planning on joining us in New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project, don't forget to also sign up at
  • Well, something surely HAS to happen about the drugs and I don't think you're providing much of a solution here. How do you propose the drug issue is sorted out? Education is not doing enough; and neither is the public. Something has to be done, and a drug war is certainly more effective than nothing. If there is another system we ought to use it, but no one seems to be coming up with anything vaguely effective.
    baby, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • The pledge looks very conditional. Just take a look at the phrase, only if 99 other people will do the same. Why not do it without any conditions?
  • War on drugs do more harm then good..!!
    Oyun, 11 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • thanks you..!!
    Oyun, 11 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • thanks for you.. Otel
    Otel, 11 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Be sure and move your browser to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a group of dedicated individuals working to put an end to this insane war on drugs.
  • I was very amazing to see such a well-done work. I bookmarked your site to visit you again and recommended it to my friends
  • Polecam przepis na stronie - faworki, jakie robi moja babcia. Smacznego.
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Albert "Max" Abramson, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Rochelle
  • Naomie Jeys
  • Matthew Covey
  • Dan McGuire
  • Denis Goddard
  • wayne mcpherson
  • Henry Semmler
  • Christine Gay
  • Erick Eusebio
  • Ian Bernard
  • Sandy Pierre
  • Jim C. Perry
  • Michael Propach
  • Michael Nass
  • Juanita Leon
  • Morey Straus
  • Larry Keith Reed
  • Jeremy Robert Furbish
  • Michael McCarthy
  • Steven Saragian
  • Jane
  • Leslie
  • stephan Raphael
  • Rebecca
  • Judy DeNeal
  • Chris Wagner
  • E Kravitz
  • Sunnz
  • Jim Forsythe
  • Zimba Smith
  • Ronald McCraw
  • kev mcgee
  • William Kapoun
  • John Elliott
  • Steven Buhler
  • Michael Hampton
  • richard quesnel
  • Orunav Kabir
  • Matthew Hernandez
  • Luis S
  • shandra brosseau
  • Jacob Rogers
  • Bethany Firem
  • Corinna Cooper
  • Roger Stock
  • justin wilson
  • Eirill Alvilde
  • John Fast
  • Al Dove
  • Russell Wickless
  • Ronald S. Ramo
  • Coury
  • Mark Edge
  • Peregrin
  • Lorie Beth Brey
  • David Newland
  • Seth Cohn
  • Bethany
  • william stephens
  • Lewis
  • Ed Johnson
  • Trina Healy
  • Maria Linger
  • Scott Weaber
  • Laura Butler
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  • David Johnston
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  • Raymond Lee Bellah
  • Spec Bowers
  • Hafiz Ismail
  • Pete B
  • Dale E Rose
  • Dr. Sergey Zubkov
  • Zhuopu Jiang
  • Mark Matthews
  • tim parker
  • 17 people who did not want to give their names, 3 of whom have done the pledge

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