Doug McVay, Director of Research and Editor of Drug War Facts
Doug McVay is an activist, writer, researcher, and speaker with a long history in drug policy reform. Doug currently produces and hosts Century Of Lies on the Drug Truth Network. Doug can be followed on Twitter by following @DrugPolicyFacts and @DougMcVay.
Doug is the editor of Drug War Facts and maintains the Common Sense family of websites, including: CSDP and Drug War Facts. He also created and maintained Drug War Distortions, Managing Chronic Pain, and Addict In The Family.
Doug first became active in drug policy reform efforts when he organized a NORML chapter at the University of Iowa in 1983. In 1984, Doug went to Oregon to work with other activists on a ballot measure campaign. Though it failed to make the ballot that year, Doug returned in 1985 and went on to work fulltime with the Oregon Marijuana Initiative/Ballot Measure Five campaign as their petitioning coordinator and assistant director. (That measure was voted on in the 1986 general election, and was defeated.) While in Oregon Doug met, was trained by, and worked closely with noted author and activist Jack Herer, who became his mentor and life-long friend.
After that, Doug moved to Washington, DC to go to work for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) as their Activists/Projects Coordinator from 1987 to 1990. In 1989, he co-founded and began working with the Cannabis Action Network (CAN).
In addition to his role on CSDP's Board, Doug is a member of the Advisory Board for Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
Doug works as a volunteer in the news and public affairs department of public radio station KBOO in Portland, Oregon, where he reports, does interviews, produces the Monday evening newscast, and occasionally produces public affairs programming. He is the web and social media coordinator for Patients Out of Time, a tax-exempt nonprofit focused on issues around medical cannabis and medical/scientific cannabis research. And he does social media and web work with NewsLanc/Real Reporting Foundation, a news and commentary website based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.