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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Monday, May 04, 2015
Governor of Puerto Rico Signs Executive Order to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico signed an executive order yesterday legalizing medical marijuana in the U.S. territory. The order enables the Puerto Rican Health Department to authorize the use of marijuana and its derivatives for medical purposes. The Health Secretary now has...
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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Indiana Legislature Legalizes Syringe Programs to Counter Growing HIV/AIDS Epidemic; Governor Pence Expected to Approve
Last night the Indiana legislature passed life-saving legislation allowing counties to establish syringe programs to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently determined that HIV infection rates have soared in...
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Friday, April 10, 2015
New Mexico Governor Signs Historic Property Rights Protections into Law
Today, Governor Susana Martinez signed HB 560 into law, ending the practice of civil asset forfeiture in New Mexico. Civil asset forfeiture, also known as “policing for profit,” allows law enforcement officers to seize personal property without ever charging—much less convicting—a person with a...
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Friday, February 27, 2015
Utah Medical Marijuana Bill Moving Forward
Utah is the latest 'red' state to consider medical marijuana. Yesterday, Utah's Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would allow for the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The bill is expected to go to the Senate floor early next week. Senate Bill 259 from Sen. Mark B. Madsen would...
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Monday, February 23, 2015
Tuesday: Alaska Marijuana Legalization Law Takes Effect
Tomorrow will mark a major step forward in the implementation of Alaska’s marijuana legalization law, as personal cultivation, possession, and consumption become legal. Last November, Alaskans voted 53-47% in favor of marijuana legalization, making it the first “red” state to pass such a law. “...
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Broad Criminal Justice Coalition Calls for Real Reform from Congress to End Mass Incarceration
Amidst a flurry of legislative activity on criminal justice reform, a broad coalition of groups, representing faith leaders, criminal justice reform and civil and human rights advocates, have united to release a statement of principles on what criminal justice reform legislation in the 114th...
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Friday, February 06, 2015
Been Here for Years: DPA Salutes Black Drug Policy Reformers
This February, the Drug Policy Alliance will launch a month-long online tribute to Black drug policy reformers. At a time when the nation reflects upon the history and contributions of Black Americans, DPA seeks to raise awareness about the significant and far-reaching roles that Black authors,...
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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Central Virginia Clergy and Community Advocates to Convene for Annual Legislative Day to Highlight Issues of Social Injustice on February 5, 2015
As part of its 2015 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Day, Baptist Minister's Conference of Richmond & Vicinity (BMCRV), Virginia Alliance Against Mass Incarceration and its partners the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference and the Drug Policy Alliance will spend the day in dialog with Virginia...
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Friday, December 19, 2014
Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization
Today, Nebraska and Oklahoma sued the state of Colorado over its marijuana legalization law, saying the law has created an increased law enforcement burden in neighboring states. The suit, filed by Nebraska Attorney General John Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, claims federal...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Teen Marijuana Use Declines As Country Moves Toward Marijuana Legalization
The federal government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse released its annual Monitoring the Future survey today. Monitoring the Future is now in its 40th year and is considered the ‘gold standard’ of teen drug use surveys. It surveys 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade in schools...
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