Drug Policy Alliance in California

November 1, 2011

For 15 years in California, DPA has sponsored and supported some of the nation’s most progressive drug policy reforms. We sponsored landmark ballot initiatives that legalized medical marijuana (Prop. 215 in 1996), created the largest treatment-instead-ofincarceration program in the country (Prop. 36 in 2000), and sought to reduce criminal penalties for drug use and dramatically expand access to drug treatment (Prop. 5 in 2008). DPA was also a major supporter of Prop. 19, the landmark initiative to end marijuana prohibition in California, which drew 4.6 million votes in 2010. Our two state policy offices – in San Francisco and Los Angeles – and our national Office of Legal Affairs in Berkeley are instrumental in the success of many of California’s drug policy reforms.