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 7:05 am on May 14, 2011 Permalink  

    ALERT: 468 Now There Are 16 States 

    NOW THERE ARE 16 STATES ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #468 – Saturday, May 14th, 2011 Today the front page of The News Journal, Delaware’s major newspaper, printed the article below. Will this, the most restrictive law any state has, ever actually help patients? Will the federal government allow the state to have three not-for-profit dispensaries? […]

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    Richard Lake 5:08 am on April 3, 2011 Permalink  

    ALERT: #467 Michigan Marihuana Act Under Attack 

    MICHIGAN MARIHUANA ACT UNDER ATTACK ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #467 – Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 More than 1.3 million adults read the Sunday Detroit Free Press so what it prints is influential. Today two items focused on medicinal marijuana. The first, an in depth editorial, is at The second, a detailed article, is at […]

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    Richard Lake 8:46 am on March 10, 2011 Permalink  

    ALERT: #466 Will Michigan’s Local Reform Laws Be Repealed? 

    WILL MICHIGAN’S LOCAL REFORM LAWS BE REPEALED? ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #466 – Thursday, March 10th, 2011 In the months ahead the following local Michigan laws could be repealed: Ferndale Medical Marijuana Ordinance Flint Code Amendment-Medical Marihuana Traverse City Medical Marijuana Ordinance Ann Arbor Medical Marijuana Ordinance Plus Detroit’s needle exchange […]

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    Richard Lake 6:31 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink  

    ALERT: #465 Will New Mexico Repeal Its Medical Marijuana Law? 

    WILL NEW MEXICO REPEAL ITS MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW? ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #465 – Saturday, February 26th, 2011 It seems more likely than not that the New Mexico Legislature will repeal the state’s medical marijuana law. New Mexico became the 12th state in the country to allow legal access to medical cannabis. The bill, […]

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    Richard Lake 8:03 am on February 17, 2011 Permalink  

    ALERT: #464 Will Montana Repeal Its Medical Marijuana Law? 

    WILL MONTANA REPEAL ITS MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW? ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #464 – Thursday , February 17th, 2011 It seems more likely than not that the Montana Legislature will repeal the state’s medical marijuana law. In November 2004, Montana passed Initiative 148 , allowing certain patients with specific medical conditions to alleviate their […]

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    Richard Lake 3:48 pm on January 4, 2011 Permalink  

    ALERT: #463 Our Letter Writing Heroes 

    OUR LETTER WRITING HEROES ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #463 – Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 Since the Media Awareness Project was started as an email list over a decade and a half ago a major goal has been to empower folks who write letters to the editor in support of drug policy reform. It is with […]

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    Richard Lake 11:50 pm on November 14, 2010 Permalink  

    ALERT: #462 Arizona Becomes 15th State to Approve Medical Marijuana 

    ARIZONA BECOMES 15TH STATE TO APPROVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #462 – Monday, November 15th, 2010 Today the article below was printed. We call it to your attention not because of the source newspaper but because few newspapers put their Associated Press articles on line. Please watch your local newspapers for versions of […]

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    Richard Lake 1:00 am on October 19, 2010 Permalink  

    #461 Debunking False Fears About Proposition 19 

    DEBUNKING FALSE FEARS ABOUT PROP. 19 ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #461 – Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 If you have been following the news at about Proposition 19 it should be clear that the campaign rhetoric is heating up. Below is an editorial that debunks myths being spread about the initiative. Ways You May Support […]

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    Richard Lake 7:05 am on October 14, 2010 Permalink  

    #460 Ways You May Support Prop. 19 Now 

    DrugSense FOCUS Alert #460 – Thursday, October 14th, 2010 Here are some ways you may support Proposition 19 between now and election day: Volunteer for Online Phone Bank Training. Watch this video then go to and signed up. It is an easy process. You may call from any state. Donate Distribute Proposition […]

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    Richard Lake 1:56 am on October 8, 2010 Permalink  

    #459 Please Support The Marijuana Propositions 

    PLEASE SUPPORT THE MARIJUANA PROPOSITIONS ********************************************************************** DrugSense FOCUS Alert #459 – Friday, October 8th, 2010 This November 2nd voters will decide state wide initiatives of importance to the reform community. Newspaper clippings about California’s Proposition 19 are MAP posted at Clippings about Arizona’s Proposition 203 are at and Oregon’s Measure 74 at […]

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