Attacking Drug-Free Zone Laws

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The Drug Policy Alliance has a new Flash video attacking drug-free school zones. Here are a few factoids from the same DPA page on Drug-Free Zone laws. They:

  • Don’t protect kids. In Massachusetts, for example, seven out of ten drug-free zone incidents occurred while school was not in session, and less than one percent involved sales to youth.
  • Don’t have a deterrent effect. Because the areas overlap and blanket most cities, they are impossible for drug sellers to avoid and thus create no incentive to move drug transactions away from schools.
  • Have a racist impact. Zones often completely cover many densely populated urban neighborhoods, where people of color are more likely to live. For example, in New Jersey, drug-free zone laws cover three quarters of Newark, in contrast to six percent of rural Mansfield Township.

It’s nice to see someone taking on this issue. I’d like to see an easy mechanism for others to virally spread the video with their e-mails and websites, though. Props.

posted by Stephen Gordon
  • http://www.LPWI.org Rolf Lindgren

    Most drugs sold to kids are sold to them by other kids at the public schools.

    I don’t suppose parents, who are forced to pay for these public schools with their property taxes, and who don’t want their kids exposed to the drugs at school, have much legal recourse, do they?

  • http://www.15tolife.com Anthony Papa

    Two Years in Jail for a Joint?

    By Anthony Papa
    Communication Specialist for Drug Policy Alliance

    The war on drugs reached the pinnacle of cruelty when 18-year-old Mitchell Lawrence was sentenced to two years in jail for selling a teaspoonful of marijuana to an undercover police officer for $20.

    Read the full story here:

    http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/34814/

  • http://21cr.blogspot.com DaveT

    In my experience most drugs sold to kids were sold by other kids, but out of school not in school.