Drug Policy Alliance

DPA Network is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs. We envision new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights and a just society in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.

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Thursday, March 04, 2021
After House Passes Police Reform Bill Without Addressing Advocates’ Concerns, Drug Policy Alliance Calls on Senate to Ensure ‘Justice’ Is Not Lost
In response to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 without addressing concerns from the advocacy community , Maritza Perez , Director of the Office of National Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), released the following statement: “While...
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Friday, February 26, 2021
Washington State Supreme Court Declares State’s Drug Possession Statute Unconstitutional
In response to the Washington State Supreme Court declaring the state’s felony drug possession law unconstitutional , Theshia Naidoo , Managing Director of the Department of Legal Affairs, released the following statement: “Yesterday, the Washington Supreme Court struck down the state’s felony drug...
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Monday, February 22, 2021
Drug Policy Alliance Statement on New Jersey Becoming the 13th State to Legalize Marijuana
In response to New Jersey becoming the 13 th state to legalize marijuana for adult use, following the legislature voting for—and Governor Murphy signing legislation into law— Melissa Moore , New York State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance, released the following statement: "Today, the New...
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Extracting Punishment from Our Civil Systems: Drug Policy Alliance Launches New Initiative With Series of Reports Illustrating How the Drug War Has Contaminated Six Critical Systems
Today, the Drug Policy Alliance announced the launch of a major new initiative— Uprooting the Drug War —with the release of a series of reports and interactive website that aim to expose the impact of the war on drugs beyond arrest and incarceration. The project is designed to engage activists...
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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Drug Policy Alliance Statement on the Inauguration of Joe Biden & Kamala Harris
In response to the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Maritza Perez, Director of the Office of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, released the following statement: "Today is a beacon of hope for our most neglected communities—including people who use drugs and our...
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Monday, January 11, 2021
Marijuana Legalization Central to Cuomo’s State of the State Address
Today, during his State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo again re-emphasized marijuana legalization as a priority for this year’s legislative session. Statement from Melissa Moore, New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance and member of Start SMART NY Coalition (...
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Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Governor Cuomo Announces Marijuana Legalization Effort in 2021
Today, Governor Cuomo announced he will pursue legislation in 2021 to establish a legal market for marijuana in New York, which would effectively end marijuana prohibition in New York State and create a system to tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol for adults over the age of...
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Monday, December 21, 2020
Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Congress Eliminating Barriers for People with Criminal Convictions from Accessing Federal Student Aid
Today, in response to Congress including language in the year-end omnibus and Coronavirus relief package that would reinstate Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated people and eliminate the Aid Elimination Penalty, which denied federal student aid to people convicted of a drug law violation while...
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Thursday, December 10, 2020
200 Health Experts Urge President-Elect Biden to Reduce Incarceration Levels Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Today, the Drug Policy Alliance shared a letter , coordinated in partnership with The Sentencing Project, from 200 experts in the medical and public health community sent to President-elect Biden and the Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board recommending substantial reductions in federal, state, and...
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Friday, December 04, 2020
In Historic Vote, House Passes Far-Reaching Marijuana Reform by 228 to 164 Votes
Today, in a historic vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment & Expungement (MORE) Act (H.R.3884) by a vote of 228 to 164, making it the first piece of comprehensive marijuana reform legislation that actually deschedules marijuana—and the only one...
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