Unequal application of the law and other harms of marijuana prohibition affect millions of New Jerseyans every year. DPA led the campaign to pass legislation which created New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. We are currently working on the New Solutions Marijuana Reform Campaign to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol for adults in New Jersey.
Criminal Justice Reform
The New Solutions Campaign in New Jersey was launched in 2008 in an effort to address the economically unsustainable and counterproductive consequences of excessive rates of incarceration in New Jersey. Our first victory was the repeal of some of New Jersey’s harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, which were tearing apart minority communities, unnecessarily straining our prison system and wasting enormous amounts of taxpayer money. Read our report, “Wasting Money, Wasting Lives: Calculating the Hidden Costs of Incarceration in New Jersey” and learn more about winning drug free zone reform.
The Campaign is currently advocating for a number of reforms designed to restore fundamental fairness to the justice system, eliminate racial disparities in administration and enforcement, reduce crime, restore public safety and save taxpayer money. To learn more, click here.
New Jersey's historical refusal to allow injection drug users access to sterile syringes seriously hindered disease prevention efforts and contributed to the state having the fifth highest number of adult HIV cases in the nation. In response to this public health crisis, the Drug Policy Alliance created the Campaign for a Healthier New Jersey and successfully advocated for the creation of syringe access programs as well as the non-prescription sale of syringes in pharmacies. Both of these reforms were major victories in the fight against HIV, hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections.
Our Hepatitis C Action Campaign also supports requiring hospitals and health care professionals to offer hepatitis C testing to the age group at the highest risk of being infected with the virus. Click here to learn how you can get involved in the fight against this deadly epidemic.
In New Jersey, overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death. These deaths are preventable. In 2011, the Drug Policy Alliance recently launched the Overdose Prevention Campaign in order to promote public health policies aimed at raising awareness about drug overdose and reducing the number of overdose deaths. Our biggest victory to date came on May 2, 2013 when Governor Christie signed the Overdose Prevention Act, which encourages overdose witnesses to call for help and expands access to naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote. To read more about this victory, click here.