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, August 14, 2013
New York City Comptroller Releases Report Detailing the Financial and Human Costs of Marijuana Prohibition
Today, New York City Comptroller John Liu released his report calling for a system to tax and regulate marijuana for adult recreational use. The report comes just two days after Federal Judge Shira A. Scheindlin condemned the city’s police department’s use of stop and frisk – which has resulted in 600,000 unlawful arrests for marijuana possession since 1997 – as racially-biased. That same day, U.S.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013
U.S. House Passes Amendment to Protect State Rights to Grow Hemp for Research
Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced an amendment to H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, the FARRM Bill, that would allow colleges and universities to grow and cultivate industrial hemp in states where it is already legal without fear of federal interference. The amendment passed today by a vote of 225 to 200.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
New Report: "One Million Police Hours: Making 440,000 Marijuana Possession Arrests in New York City, 2002-2012"
A new report released today documents the astonishing number of hours the New York Police Department has spent arresting and processing hundreds of thousands of people for low-level misdemeanor marijuana possession arrests during Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure. The report finds that NYPD used approximately 1,000,000 hours of police officer time to make 440,000 marijuana possession arrests over 11 years.
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012
December 6: Historic Day as Washington Marijuana Legalization Law Takes Effect
Starting tomorrow, people aged 21 and over will be able to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana in Washington State. On Election Day last month, 55 percent of voters in both Washington State and Colorado voted to make marijuana legal, making those states the first two to approve legally regulating marijuana like alcohol. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has until December of next year to implement rules for the regulated market.
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Friday, October 19, 2012
Global Commission on Drug Policy Meets in Poland to Bring Debate to Eastern Europe
The Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) will gather in Warsaw on 24th and 25th of October to highlight the impact of the war on drugs on public health in Eastern Europe and prospects for change around the world. The Global Commission was convened in July 2010 and has been working to establish a road map for change in drug laws and policies. It is currently composed of 22 international leaders, including seven former presidents.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
"Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity" to Embark from San Diego August 12 Calling for End to Drug War that Has Killed 60,000 in Mexico
On Sunday, August 12, a broad bi-national coalition of more than 100 U.S. civil society organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Global Exchange and the Drug Policy Alliance will join the Mexican Movement for Peace with Justice & Dignity (MPJD) to embark on the “Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity” across the United States.
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Monday, July 30, 2012
Drug Legalization Debate Continues to Escalate in Latin America
This morning, the front page of the New York Times featured an article titled “ South America Sees Drug Path to Legalization ,” which discusses the growing debate on alternatives to the drug war.
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Wednesday, May 09, 2012
A Tale of Two Cities: Numerous Elected Officials, Community Members March and Rally at 1 Police Plaza
Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly are writing a Tale of Two Cities. One New York City is for white people, where marijuana possession was decriminalized in 1977, people are seldom stopped and frisked, and mothers do not fear that their teenagers will be rounded up by the police.
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Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Mother’s Day: Moms, Cops and Students Unite to End War on Drugs at National Press Club
Mothers from around the country will join with law enforcement and students at the National Press Club on May 2nd in honor of Mother’s Day. The press conference will launch a new campaign comprised of national organizations representing mothers, police and students that seek to finally end the disastrous drug war.
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Six National Drug Policy Organizations Call on President Obama to End Unnecessary Assault on Medical Marijuana Providers
In the wake of recent attacks on medical marijuana providers and patients by multiple branches of the federal government, including Monday's raids on Oaksterdam University in Oakland, CA, a coalition of six national drug policy reform organizations is appealing to President Obama and his administration to follow its own previously stated policies respecting state medical marijuana laws.
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