Letter from the Editor: New Challenges Ahead

MAPS Bulletin Winter 2007: Vol. 17, No. 3 MAPS Fiscal Report

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After four years working for MAPS, and two years as editor of the MAPS Bulletin, I’ll be moving on to a new challenge in January, 2008, when I’ll be joining the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project as a Policy Researcher. As a division of the national ACLU, the Project’s goal is to end punitive drug policies that cause the widespread violation of constitutional and human rights, as well as unprecedented levels of incarceration. My responsibilities there will include staying abreast of relevant policy developments, drafting specific policy reform proposals that can be utilized in public education efforts, and playing a role in constructing the content needed to effectively communicate a compelling and convincing vision for workable alternatives to the failed “War on Drugs.” Letter from the Editor: New Challenges Ahead While I am thrilled at this new opportunity, I must admit it is difficult to tear myself away from MAPS at such a transformative and promising period in the organization’s development. In addition to having a solid core strategy, MAPS fills an important void in the current public discourse about drugs and how they are addressed by society and public policy. It has been an honor to work so closely with the many committed, inventive, and courageous members of MAPS’ extended community.