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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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Wednesday: Congressional Hearing Looks at Obama Administration’s Drug War Policies
The U.S. House Domestic Policy Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), will hold a hearing Wednesday morning on the White House's drug war budget and forthcoming 2010 National Drug Control Strategy. The Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (also known as the drug czar), Gil Kerlikowske, and the executive director of the anti-drug-war Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelmann, will both be testifying. Mr. Nadelmann testimony will focus on:
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sting Advocates for Health-Based Drug Policies and an End to the Failed Drug War
Sting, the internationally renowned musician and activist, is teaming up with the Drug Policy Alliance to call for an end to the failed war on drugs. Sting has written a passionate letter laying out the devastating consequences of the drug war and urging people to support the Drug Policy Alliance in advocating for sane drug polices.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Washington to Become Second State with Overdose Protection Law
On Wednesday, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign a bill that will protect people calling 911 when witnessing a drug overdose. Washington will join New Mexico as the second state in the country with this life-saving legislation. Accidental drug overdoses cause the death of more than 26,000 Americans every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose now ranks as a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., second only to motor-vehicle accidents.
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Tuesday, January 05, 2010
New Jersey State Assembly to take Final Vote on Bill that Would Reform Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Some Nonviolent Drug Offenses
Assembly Bill 2762, which would give judges discretion to waive mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent drug offenses, will be given a final vote by the full Assembly on Thursday, Jan 7th. The bill originally passed the Assembly by a vote of 49-27 in June of 2008. It passed the New Jersey State Senate by a vote of 24-11 on December 10th of this year. Now the bill returns to the Assembly for a final concurrence vote. Supporters of the bill called the passage a triumph for common sense and fiscal responsibility. Governor Corzine has said he will sign the bill if it
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Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Rockefeller Drug Law Reform Becomes Active Tomorrow: 1,500 Incarcerated People Eligible for Resentencing and Release, Judges Now Have Discretion
On Wednesday, October 7, key elements of the Rockefeller Drug Law reform go into effect: Decision making authority is returned to judges, who can now divert people suffering from drug dependency into treatment and other service programs, instead of prison.
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Tuesday, September 01, 2009
California State Assembly Overcomes Republican Fear-Mongering, Slimly Approves Modest Prison Bill
After two weeks of delay and contentious negotiations, the California State Assembly approved by a slim margin today a bill to cut state prison spending by $300 million.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Oakland Voters Approve Taxing Cannabis Dispensaries; Measure Expected to Produce $300,000 Annual Revenue for Essential Services
Efforts to tax cannabis to generate revenue for California’s sagging coffers received a boost last night as Oakland voters approved Measure F by 80 percent. Measure F adds a 1.8 percent gross receipts tax to medical cannabis dispensaries, producing nearly $300,000 in annual revenue. Early returns showed Measure F passing by the largest margin of all of the revenue measures on Tuesday’s ballot. The tax will go into effect in January 2010.
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Friday, July 17, 2009
U.S. House Repeals Provision Prohibiting Washington, D.C. from Enacting Medical Marijuana; Nation’s Capital Could Soon Join 13 States That Have Legalized Marijuana for Medical Use
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Friday, March 27, 2009
New York State Lawmakers Reach Historic Agreement to Reform Rockefeller Drug Laws
Today, New York Governor David Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith announced a deal that would, finally, enact real reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The agreement, still being finalized, would restore judicial discretion in most drug cases, expand drug treatment and alternatives to incarceration, provide retroactive sentencing relief for people serving low-level offenses, and more effectively utilize criminal justice and public health resources to build safer, healthier communities.
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