Focus Alerts

One of our most successful projects to date has been our letter writing campaign. With our excellent news gathering and distribution network the next logical step is using this information to educate and influence the media.

We have had thousands of letters-to-the-editor, editorials and articles published in major newspapers and magazines nationwide.

Letter writing is fun and interesting and it is rewarding to see publications change their editorial views as we persistently enlighten them them with facts, science and reason.

We send out a Focus Alert about twice a month. The Alerts contain information on an article, editorial or program that we find particularly important. We encourage volunteers to send a letter or take some other action in response. If appropriate, we sometimes encourage our volunteers to write to their home town newspapers as well.

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    Richard Lake 8:09 am on September 29, 2010 Permalink  

    #457: Common Cause 

    DrugSense FOCUS Alert #457 – Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 Today the Los Angeles Times printed an OPED you may wish to forward to your conservative friends. You may forward this FOCUS Alert. You may also email any FOCUS Alert from this webpage http://www.mapinc.org/focus/ Please also consider writing a letter to the editor about this OPED. […]

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    Richard Lake 5:09 am on September 26, 2010 Permalink  

    #456: Why Parents Should Support Legalizing Marijuana 

    WHY PARENTS SHOULD SUPPORT LEGALIZING MARIJUANA ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #456 – Sunday, September 26th, 2010 Today newspapers are reporting that California’s respected Field Poll found 49% of those likely voters support Proposition 19, with 42% opposed and 9% undecided. Since undecided voters tend to vote against on Election Day Proposition 19 is in need […]

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    Richard Lake 12:41 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink  

    #455 Follow the Money: The Impact of Legalized Pot 

    FOLLOW THE MONEY: THE IMPACT OF LEGALIZED POT ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #455 – Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 Today the Capitol Weekly “The newspaper of California government and politics” printed the article below as well as another titled Minorities Have Growing Visibility in Proposition Campaigns http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v10.n771.a01.html Issues raised in the article below deserve consideration. In […]

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    Richard Lake 8:27 am on September 20, 2010 Permalink  

    #454 Prop. 19 – End Marijuana Prohibition, Vote Yes 

    PROP. 19 – END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION, VOTE YES ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #454 – Monday, September 20th, 2010 Syndicated columnist Debra Saunders summarizes the issues well in the column below. Please encourage your local newspapers to carry this column. Newspaper editors will know how to pick up the column from Creators Syndicate http://www.creators.com/opinion/debra-saunders.html

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    Richard Lake 1:02 pm on September 18, 2010 Permalink  

    #453 Why Letter to the Editor Writing Is Important 

    WHY LETTER TO THE EDITOR WRITING IS IMPORTANT ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #453 – Saturday, September 18th, 2010 This November voters will decide state wide initiatives of importance to the drug policy reform community. Newspaper clippings about California’s Proposition 19 are MAP posted at http://www.mapinc.org/find?272 Clippings about Arizona’s Proposition 203 are at http://www.mapinc.org/find?273 and Oregon’s […]

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    Richard Lake 6:19 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink  

    #452 Time for California to End the Unwinnable Marijuana War 

    TIME FOR CALIFORNIA TO END THE UNWINNABLE MARIJUANA WAR ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #452 – Sunday, September 11th, 2010 Kevin Zeese, the president of Common Sense for Drug Policy http://www.csdp.org wrote the following for posting to various websites, including ours. The facts presented both in the article and the references may assist you in writing […]

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    Richard Lake 7:25 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink  

    #451 Our ‘War on Drugs’ Has Been an Abysmal Failure 

    OUR ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ HAS BEEN AN ABYSMAL FAILURE ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #451 – Friday, September 10th, 2010 Today The Guardian printed the informative column below. While much of the information may not be news to you perhaps it will be to the about 1,146,000 daily readers of the newspaper. Your letters to the […]

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    Matt 9:20 am on September 4, 2010 Permalink  

    #450 Proposition 19 Could End Mexico’s Drug War 

    Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2010 Subject: #450 Proposition 19 Could End Mexico’s Drug War PROPOSITION 19 COULD END MEXICO’S DRUG WAR ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #450 – Sunday, September 5th, 2010 Today the Washington Post printed the OPED below which provides a view of Proposition 19 from south of the border. Your letters to the […]

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    Matt 9:20 am on August 25, 2010 Permalink  

    #449 Just Say No To The Drug Czars 

    Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 Subject: #449 Just Say No To The Drug Czars JUST SAY NO TO THE DRUG CZARS ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #449 – Wednesday, August 25nd, 2010 Today the Los Angeles Times printed the opinion of drug czars, past and present. As drug czars are required to do by law they […]

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    Matt 9:20 am on August 22, 2010 Permalink  

    #448 California’s Proposition 19 

    Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 Subject: #448 California’s Proposition 19 CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSITION 19 ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #448 – Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 Today the San Francisco Chronicle printed two OPEDs. The first ‘Californians Must Look at Science of Marijuana’ http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v10/n677/a08.html is interesting for what is not disclosed. It is by an addiction therapist. The […]

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