Huffington Post: Californians Won Major Drug Policy Victories in 2014

January 01, 2015

Change is never comfortable, but often so necessary. 2014 was a year of change in drug policy laws in California, change that moves us towards drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.

Here's a recap:

· After 10 years of failed attempts, we eliminated the disparity between crack and powder cocaine in the state, codifying the California Fair Sentencing Act (SB1010), authored by Black Caucus Chair Sen. Holly Mitchell, which takes effect Jan. 1 2015. Leading a coalition of 12 cosponsors ranging from the NAACP to the National Council of La Raza, we garnered nearly 200 letters of support from civil rights groups, drug treatment providers, legal scholars, faith leaders, drug law reformers, human rights advocates and sitting California district attorneys. Among other favorable editorials, we won the LA Times editorial board support.