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.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, August 16, 2019
Statement on Proposed Trump Administration Rule to Require Drug Testing in Order to Receive Unemployment Benefits
Below is a statement from Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno , Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to an attempt by the Trump Administration to require drug testing in order to receive unemployment benefits: “This latest push to require people seeking unemployment benefits to...
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and Senator Kamala Harris Introduce Sweeping Marijuana Reform Bill
Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act), which would de-schedule marijuana at the federal level and begin to rectify the extensive damage done by prohibition. “For...
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Thursday, March 28, 2019
DPA Creates Satirical “Country Club Cannabis” Brand, Urging New York State To Legalize It Right
Today, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) urged New York State to end marijuana prohibition and Legalize It Right by reminding New Yorkers about the urgent need to legalize with a lens on equity and justice for those most harmed by the war on drugs. DPA partnered with creative agency Virtue and...
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Friday, December 07, 2018
President Trump to Nominate William Barr as Attorney General
This morning, President Donald Trump confirmed he will nominate William Barr as Attorney General. Barr was previously Attorney General under George H.W. Bush and has been a fierce advocate for mass incarceration and punitive drug policies. He has indicated support for the extrajudicial killing of...
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Monday, September 24, 2018
Trump to Host UN Meeting on Drug Policy, Promising “Photo Op” for Countries That Rally Behind Him and the Drug War
On September 24, Trump will kick off his appearance at the United Nations General Assembly by hosting an event on “The World Drug Problem,” at which UN Member States can pose for a photo with Trump before he gives remarks. The event is tied to “ The Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem...
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Friday 8/31: International Overdose Awareness Day March
Activists and family members who have lost loved ones to overdose will march through Manhattan on International Overdose Awareness Day to demand Gov. Cuomo take action on the overdose crisis. Amid the seventh straight year of increased overdose deaths in NYC--2017 being the deadliest year on record...
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Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Stark Racial Disparities and Disturbing Growth in Washington D.C. Marijuana Arrests Despite Legalization
Recently released data from the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department shows that racial disparities in arrests for marijuana remain high, despite marijuana becoming legal for adult use in 2015. In 2017, 86% of arrestees were Black, despite the fact that Black residents make up only...
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Monday, February 12, 2018
Moms From Across the Nation Propose a Better Way to Save Lives and Solve the Opioid Overdose Crisis
On Valentine’s Day Moms United to End the War on Drugs is launching our “True Love, Not Tough Love” campaign. Moms reject paternalist drug policies that circumvent our maternal wisdom and replace it with cruel, anti-family values. We have insight as moms that others don’t have, so we are speaking...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Drug Policy Alliance Statement: State of the Union Addresses Opioids, Prison Reform
The following is a statement from Grant Smith, deputy director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to tonight’s State of the Union remarks on the opioid crisis: “President Trump repeatedly claims that his administration is committed to ending the opioid overdose crisis but...
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
State of the Union: President Trump Expected to Address Opioid Addiction and Overdose
In tonight’s State of the Union, President Trump is widely expected to address his administration’s response to opioid addiction and overdose. While Trump has repeatedly promised to prioritize opioid addiction and overdose, going so far as to declare a national public health emergency , his...
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