We are at a profoundly challenging— yet hopeful— inflection point in our struggle to end the devastation wrought by the global war on drugs and to build a more just and humane future.
If we don’t push back now, we may be at the threshold of the worst period yet in this decades-long drug war. Yet we are also, astonishingly, at our moment of greatest opportunity in the United States.
Overdose rates are soaring in the U.S., while President Trump and Attorney General Sessions are stoking fear, hatred and xenophobia to reinvigorate the failed war on drugs.
The current administration is pushing for ever harsher drug sentences. The president has even called for the imposition of the death penalty for drug offenders, holding China and Singapore as gold standards. Across the country, prosecutors in multiple states are responding to overdose by pursuing devastating homicide prosecutions against people who use and share drugs, or small-time sellers.
At the same time, our significant drug policy reform victories are multiplying across the country and beyond.
Marijuana legalization is continuing to build momentum. The conversation is no longer about whether we’ll legalize but how we should legalize. California’s Prop. 64 set a new bar, with its groundbreaking provisions providing redress for past harms. We’re now working to build on this model in New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, at the federal level, and beyond.
Harm reduction is entering the mainstream. Driven by our advocacy, policymakers across the country are embracing naloxone distribution, syringe access programs, 911 Good Samaritan laws and even supervised consumption services.
Bipartisan criminal justice reforms are advancing—from bail to asset forfeiture to sentencing reform, as well as pre-arrest diversion. Our efforts are increasingly shifting from not just reducing criminal punishment for drug possession, but ending it.
This new openness, coupled with the record-breaking support for marijuana legalization in the U.S. and abroad, has the potential to fracture the foundation of the drug war.
Our challenge is to rise to the occasion and reveal the ultimate truth—that the trillions of dollars poured into the enforcement of drug prohibition have never actually prevented drug misuse. In fact, prohibition is a root cause of the current overdose crisis in the U.S.
This message, this truth, is resonating more than ever before. Thanks to your support, we are ready to seize the opportunity to build new drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.
The next chapter of our struggle begins with advocates like you. We can’t thank you enough for standing with us.
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