To End The War On Drugs

Cover: To End the War on Drugs

In his book, "To End the War on Drugs: Policymakers Edition," Dean Becker, a contributing expert in the institute's Drug Policy Program, has selected and skillfully arranged segments from interviews he has conducted with a wide range of drug policy experts since 2000, together with his own insights to provide readers with a clear and compelling account of the myriad failures of the War on Drugs and sensible guidelines for moving beyond it. Becker has interviewed more than 1000 people for his Drug Truth Network programs that originate on Houston’s KPFT and are carried by more than 70 stations throughout the country.

“For decades, Dean Becker has given himself over to the cause of sane and sensible drug policies. In ‘To End the War on Drugs’, he explains his passion for reform, and tells us why he’s been willing to make sacrifice after sacrifice to end this country’s disastrous drug war. Along the way, we hear from scores of reformers (and more than a few apologists for U.S. drug policy). But it is Dean’s voice that comes through loud and clear as he makes a strong, compelling case for an end to the War on Drugs.” – Seattle Police Chief (Ret) Norm Stamper.

On July 18, 2014, Dean Becker held a press conference in a U.S. House of Representatives hearing room to introduce the book, which was distributed to every member of Congress, President Obama and members of his cabinet, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the governors of all 50 states, with the assistance of the Baker Institute, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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View the videos from the press conference, including comments from leading drug policy reformers, below:

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Neill Franklin the Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition speaks at a US House conference in support of the new book: To End The War On Drugs - Policymakers Edition. July 29, 2014

To End The War On Drugs 1 Neill Franklin of LEAP

US Representative Beto O'Rourke from El Paso Texas speaks to "Summer Reading Assignment" conference in Washington DC on July 29, 2014 regarding new book: To End The War On Drugs - Policymakers Edition

To End The War On Drugs 2 US Representative Beto O'Rourke

Bill Piper, Director of National Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance speaks at US House conference regarding distribution of 603 copies of To End The War On Drugs – Policymakers Edition to the President and Cabinet, 100 US Senators, 435 US Representatives, the Supreme Court 9 and all 50 US Governors.

To End The War On Drugs 3 Bill Piper of Drug Policy Alliance

President of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Eric Sterling speaks to a US House conference about the release of a new book: To End The War On Drugs - Policymakers Edition as part of the “Summer Reading Assignment” for all US officials.

To End The War On Drugs 4 Eric Sterling, Pres. Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

Carl Veley, past President of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas speaks at the Summer Reading Assignment conference in the Cannon House Building regarding the book: To End The War On Drugs - Policymakers Edition on July 29, 2014.

To End The War On Drugs 5 Carl Veley, Drug Policy Forum of Texas