Marijuana Legalization and Regulation
The Drug Policy Alliance supports state measures to end prohibition by legalizing the personal use of marijuana and creating a legal, regulated market for production and distribution of marijuana.
DPA helped lead the historic campaign in 2010 to support Proposition 19 in California. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states—and the first political jurisdictions anywhere in the world—to approve measures legalizing and regulating marijuana similar to alcohol. DPA worked closely with local and national allies to draft these initiatives, build coalitions and raise funds.
DPA will play a similar role in upcoming campaign cycles in 2014 and beyond. We are engaged in building an unprecedented coalition that includes organized labor, civil rights groups, parents, and law enforcement.
DPA is also working to build support nationwide for ending prohibition by playing a key role in sparking and sustaining the national dialogue around marijuana legalization. We aggressively engage the media to ensure the dissemination of sound, accurate information about the harms of prohibition and the benefits of viable alternatives.