Tamar Todd, Director, Marijuana Law and Policy

Tamar Todd is the Director of Marijuana Law and Policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, where she develops and coordinates DPA’s marijuana reform work as it relates to litigation, legislative and initiative drafting, campaign strategy, policy advocacy, media relations, fundraising, and public education in the local, state, federal, and international jurisdictions in which DPA is active.

Todd’s reform efforts are focused primarily on medical marijuana, marijuana decriminalization, and marijuana legalization and regulation initiatives, and their implementation across the United States.  She has testified in numerous legislative and government bodies in the United States and abroad on the issue of marijuana law and policy, as well as the intersection of state and federal law. Todd has co-authored several state and local marijuana initiatives and statutes, including Amendment 64 in Colorado, and she has advised the government of Uruguay on its efforts to legalize the production and distribution of marijuana.

Before joining DPA as an attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs, Todd was a staff attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, where she represented death row inmates in pre-trial, direct appeal and post-conviction proceedings in both state and federal courts.

Todd received her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated magna cum laude and served as executive editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Emmet Sullivan on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Todd is a member of the California and Alabama bars.