Doug McVay, Director of Research and Editor of Drug War Facts

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Doug McVay is an activist, writer, researcher, and speaker with a long history in drug policy reform. He 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). Doug is currently a member of the Advisory Board for Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Doug currently produces and hosts a weekly half-hour radio show called Century Of Lies, which is produced for the Drug Truth Network and distributed via the Pacifica Foundation Radio Network.

Doug also works as a volunteer in the news and public affairs department of public radio station KBOO in Portland, Oregon, where he reports news and produces public affairs programming. He produces and hosts a monthly program called Free Culture Radio, and as a member of KBOO's Prison Pipeline Collective, Doug also occasionally hosts and produces installments of the Prison Pipeline show.

In addition to editing Drug War Facts, Doug 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. Doug also does web and social media management for NewsLanc/Real Reporting Foundation, a news and commentary website based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.