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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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Killing of Carlos Ingraham Lopez by Police When Responding to "Disorderly Conduct" Call Involving Drug Use
In response to body cam footage released Wednesday of the April 2020 police killing of Carlos Ingraham Lopez in Tucson, Arizona – after they responded to an incident involving drug intoxication – Kassandra Frederique , Managing Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns and Incoming Executive...
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
New Brief Finds NYPD Enforcement of Low-Level Broken Windows Offenses Accounts for Huge Department Expenditures, is Marked by Extreme Racial Disparities
New York City criminalizes drugs and low-level broken windows offenses at a startling rate, with enforcement in these areas accounting for a vast proportion of the NYPD’s policing activities and the city’s budget, according to a new brief from Drug Policy Alliance. DPA released the brief in support...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Tim Scott Senate Police Bill
In response to Senate Republicans introducing their own police “reform” bill, the JUSTICE Act, Maritza Perez , Director of the Office of National Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), released the following statement: “To call this bill a ‘police reform’ is disingenuous. What we have here are...
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Tuesday, June 09, 2020
DPA Urges Congress to Strengthen Police Reform Bill
In response to the introduction of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 by Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA), Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), a bill calling for law enforcement reform, Maritza Perez ,...
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Congress Votes in Favor of Extending DEA Ban on Fentanyl-Related Substances, a Slippery Slope Towards Repeating Harms of the Past
In response to today’s vote in the House to pass a Senate-approved bill that would temporarily extend the DEA’s “class-wide” emergency scheduling of fentanyl-related substances and expose more people to harsh mandatory minimum sentences, Maritza Perez, Director of the Office of National Affairs for...
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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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