Defending Personal and Civil Liberties

Few public policies pose as great a threat to our fundamental civil liberties as the war on drugs.  Since the 1970s, the U.S. judicial system has created a “drug exception” to the Constitution by permitting the erosion of our constitutional rights in the name of drug prohibition.  Misguided drug policies have allowed extensive discrimination against drug users, women, people of color and the formerly incarcerated.  The Drug Policy Alliance is a leading voice in the movement to reclaim the rights and freedoms infringed upon by the war on drugs.  We believe that drug users should not be punished for what they put in their bodies, absent harm to others.  We are working to eliminate drug policies that abuse the civil liberties of certain groups and individuals, as well as those that prevent people with drug convictions from rebuilding their lives.  A war on drugs is simply a misnomer for a war on drug users.

Key Personal and Civil Liberties Issues