Reducing the Harms of Marijuana Prohibition
DPA works to reduce the number of marijuana related arrests and associated penalties through crafting and advocating for decriminalization legislation, lowest law enforcement initiatives, and community based policy changes. DPA worked on Measure Z in Oakland to make marijuana the lowest law enforcement priority and has drafted a number of Mayoral Resolutions to decrease the number of marijuana arrests and resources spent on marijuana law enforcement, in addition to advocating for other state based legislation to reduce arrests and penalties.
DPA also works to expose and reduce rampant, system-wide racial disparities in marijuana arrests. DPA has released reports documenting and detailing chilling disparities in New York City and across California and continues to raise awareness about the unique burden U.S. marijuana policy places on black and Latino communities.