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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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
TODAY: Elected Officials, Community Members and Civil Rights Groups Demand Racial Equity in New York's Response to the Heroin and Opioid Crisis
Today, elected officials, community members, civil rights and legal advocates, and drug policy reformers joined together to call for the inclusion of communities of color in Albany’s response to heroin and opioids. In the midst of the opioid crisis, lawmakers and the media have increasingly...
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Marijuana Infraction Enforcement Nearly 4 Times More Severe for Black Californians and 1.5 Times More Severe for Latino Californians than for Whites, Finds New DPA and ACLU Report
New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California find that racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted, following the reduction of low-level marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction in 2011. Possession of under an ounce of marijuana is...
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Thursday, May 26, 2016
U.S. House Judiciary Committee Unanimously Approves Legislation That Helps Individuals Fight Warrantless Asset Forfeiture Seizures
Yesterday, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary unanimously approved asset forfeiture reform legislation. Known as the DUE PROCESS Act (H.R. 5283) and sponsored by Crime Subcommittee Chairman Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Ranking...
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Maine Governor Vetoes Legislation Seeking to Increase Access to Life-saving Overdose Antidote Naloxone
Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoed legislation this week that would have allowed access to the life-saving overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription. Explaining his veto, LePage wrote “naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose.” Every state in the...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Thursday Press Conference: World Leaders Call for Decriminalization and Regulation of Drugs during Historic UN Special Session
On Thursday April 21 – the last day of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs – several members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy will hold a press conference in New York. The Global Commission will evaluate the outcome of the UN meeting and call for concrete...
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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Over 1,000 Leaders Worldwide Call for End to "Disastrous" Drug War, Ahead of UN Special Session
On the eve of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session ( UNGASS ) on the World Drug Problem, world leaders and activists have signed a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to set the stage “for real reform of global drug control policy.” The unprecedented list of...
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Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Tuesday: D.C. Council Expected to Vote to Proceed with Permanent Ban on Marijuana Clubs
The Council of the District of Columbia has scheduled a vote today on legislation that restricts adult marijuana use in the District, prohibiting marijuana consumption everywhere but the home. The legislation is opposed by a majority of District residents and a growing number of councilmembers who...
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Monday, April 04, 2016
Tuesday: California Assembly Committee Hearing on Supervised Consumption Services for People Who Use Drugs
Tuesday, April 5, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee will hold a legislative hearing on AB 2495 (Eggman) to permit localities to establish supervised consumption services (SCS), which allow individuals to consume controlled substances in a safe space, provide sterile equipment, and...
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
President Obama Grants Clemency to 61 Individuals in Federal Prison for Drug Offenses
Today, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 people incarcerated in federal prison for drug offenses. This follows the commutation of 95 people in December, 2015, 45 people in July of that year, 22 people in March 2015, and 8 people in December of 2014. All of those who received...
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Monday, March 28, 2016
Tuesday in Kentucky: Press Conference to Push Senator McConnell to Schedule Vote on Criminal Justice Bill
On the afternoon of March 29, Kentucky advocates, including faith leaders and students, will hold a press conference outside the Lexington office of Sen. Mitch McConnell, to demand that he bring an important criminal justice reform bill to the Senate floor for a vote. The Sentencing Reform and...
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