arrested for marijuana
in the U.S. annually
behind bars in the U.S.
for a drug law violation
“Never before has the ground been more fertile for a fundamental shift in our nation’s drug policies.”
Are You Ready To Help Us Make the Drug War History?
Ending Marijuana Prohibition
One of our top priorities is ensuring responsible and inclusive legal regulation
2015 was a year we worked on implementing the successes of Washington, D.C., Oregon and Alaska, while making tremendous efforts to lay the groundwork for marijuana legalization initiatives likely on the ballot in California, Nevada, Arizona, Maine and Massachusetts and medical marijuana initiatives in Florida, Arkansas, Ohio and Missouri.
Our nationwide achievements
- Marijuana legalization
- Medical marijuana
- Potential marijuana legalization ballot initiatives in 2016
- Potential medical marijuana ballot initiatives in 2016
The historic CARERS Act was introduced, a sweeping reform bill that would end federal interference with state medical marijuana laws.
Almost half a million people, disproportionately Black and Latino, are locked up in the U.S. for nothing more than a drug law violation.
Tackling the Drug War and Mass Incarceration
We took huge steps to shift the focus from punishment to humane solutions.
New York City
Our efforts led to a drop in annual arrests for marijuana possession in NYC, from 51,000 in 2011 to under 17,000 in 2015.
We led the hard-fought battle to reform the broken bail system in New Jersey where 75% of the 15,000 people in its jails were awaiting trial rather than serving a sentence.
In New Mexico, we led a successful effort to pass the nation’s most far-reaching civil asset forfeiture reform so that law enforcement can no longer confiscate someone’s property without convicting them of a crime.
We broke new ground in California, passing two bills through the legislature to reduce the likelihood that immigrants are deported for minor drug possession.
Promoting Health, Reducing Harm
Addressing an urgent crisis: overdose deaths
Beginning a decade ago, DPA took the lead in addressing an urgent crisis: overdose deaths, which recently surpassed auto accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. It’s why we amped up our efforts to make naloxone, an overdose antidote, more easily accessible.
Here’s what you helped us do :
An unlikely ally
Once opposed to our efforts, Gov. Christie signed a DPA-approved bill to expand prevention efforts.
New Jersey police officers saved the lives of over 1,819 people with naloxone.
A major step
CVS became the first chain pharmacy to sell naloxone without a prescription.
The federal Stop Overdose Stat Act, drafted and supported by DPA, passed its first committee and gained over 50 cosponsors.
We built support for the first supervised injection facility (SIF) in the United States.
Allocating our funds efficiently
DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE
DRUG POLICY ACTION
- Program Expenses
The end of the tragic war on drugs is within our grasp but we must reach for it — together. Are you with us?