Amanda Reiman

amanda reimanAmanda Reiman is the California policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. Based in San Francisco, Reiman leads DPA’s marijuana reform work in California. A ten-year resident of Oakland, Reiman joined the Drug Policy Alliance in 2012 after working with the medical marijuana dispensary, Berkeley Patients Group, as director of research and patient services. More here.

Racial Disparities Continue Under California’s Marijuana Enforcement

Hakeem Brown is unique. In the state of California, where black owned cannabis businesses are rare, Hakeem Brown owned and managed a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Vallejo from 2009-2012, when it was shut down as part of a multi dispensary raid. The raid was deemed unlawful and the city was required to return the money seized during the police action. Brown used this money to open up a new garden to grow for patients in Napa. This garden was raided and Brown was arrested for possession … [Read more...]

High Time to Get Proactive About Cannabis and Opiates

he word "epidemic" is often thrown around to describe any uptick in societal behavioral patterns. Recently, the word has been used to describe the increase in heroin use, overdose and treatment seeking in the United States. The data seem to support that something is in fact going on. Treatment admissions for heroin increased from 14 percent to 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, and deaths from heroin related overdoses increased nearly fourfold between 2002 and 2013. Furthermore, rates of use … [Read more...]

Beyond Propaganda: What Would Legalizing Marijuana Look Like in California?

Fear of the unknown and fear of change are often barriers to policy change, even when science diffuses many of the concerns. Not knowing what a change in policy “looks” like can spawn assumptions influenced by propaganda and rhetoric rather than evidence. However, once the change happens and the public sees the reality, fears are often transformed into questions and a desire for information. This has certainly been the case with marijuana policy in the U.S. Although California approved … [Read more...]

Weed More Likely Than Rape or Murder to Get an Undocumented Immigrant Detained

As with any policy shift, the gradual regulation of marijuana in the United States will have implications for a wide variety of populations. Indeed, the removal of marijuana from the criminal justice system has already started. However, like the recent shift in marriage policies to allow same sex marriage, the impact from a policy change can often be slow to reach the immigration community. This leaves this population in limbo, even after the rest of the country assumes change has … [Read more...]