Fact Sheets

Portugal enacted one of the most extensive drug law reforms in the world when it decriminalized low-level possession and use of all illicit drugs more than a decade ago.  Results of the Portuguese experience...

Marijuana arrests are the engine driving the U.S. war on drugs. In 2013, there were 693,482 marijuana arrests in the U.S. – more than 45 percent of all drug arrests. Nearly 88 percent of these arrests were for...

Decriminalization of marijuana possession is a necessary first step toward a more comprehensive reform of the drug prohibition regime. However decriminalization alone does not address many of the greatest harms of...

The Obama administration says that drug use should be treated as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. Yet both his budget and his drug policies continue to emphasize enforcement, prosecution and...

Marijuana’s medical efficacy derives largely from more than 70 unique chemicals – called cannabinoids – that each have important therapeutic properties. Currently, 23 states, one U.S. territory (...

Las cortes de drogas se han expandido a lo largo de Estados Unidos y a varios otros países, aunque las investigaciones disponibles no respaldan que eso continúe. La mayoría de las cortes de...

These are ten top facts about marijuana policy and effects, with detailed supporting information and citations.

DPA opposes efforts to criminalize and incarcerate people simply for using or possessing prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Instead, we recommend policies that deal with prescription drug use and misuse...

Marijuana-infused products, often referred to as “edibles”, are an important part of the burgeoning marijuana market. However, proper regulation is necessary to ensure reliability and safety. DPA believes...

Drug courts have spread across the country, yet available research does not support their continued expansion. Most drug courts do not reduce imprisonment, do not save money or improve public safety, and fail to help...

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