How does your state measure up when it comes to establishing policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition?

Harm Reduction

Does the state permit access to clean syringes for people who inject drugs?

  • YES

Does the state have naloxone training & distribution programs available to the public at syringe exchange programs or other facilities?

  • NO

Does the state have a 911 Good Samaritan law?

  • NO

Does the state have legal methadone access?

  • YES


Are marijuana possession and use legal for medical purposes?

Is there a government-regulated distribution system for medical marijuana?

  • YES

More information on medical marijuana:

What are the criminal penalties for marijuana possession?

Criminal Justice

How many people are arrested for a drug offense each year? 

  • 19,830

What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?

  • Total population (2011): white: 88.5%, black: 2.7%, 8.8% other.
    Drug arrests (2011): 90.8% white, 6.8% black, 2.3% other.

What happens to people’s voting rights when they become part of the criminal justice system?

  • Voting rights restored automatically after release from prison.

Oregon Leaders Join Over 1,000 Worldwide Calling for End to "Disastrous" Drug War, Ahead of UN Special Session

Former Presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Switzerland & Poland; Former Prime Ministers of Greece, Hungary & The Netherlands Join With Distinguished Scholars, Celebrities, Clergy, Business Leaders, Elected Officials, and Others in Calling for Alternatives to Prohibitionist Drug Control Policies

“Humankind cannot afford a 21st century drug policy as ineffective and counter-productive as the last century’s,” Letter Says

(New York, New York) – On the eve of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem, world leaders and activists have signed a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to set the stage “for real reform of global drug control policy.”


Tony Newman 646-335-5384
Ellen Flenniken 971-258-2401

October 1: Early Sales of Marijuana to Adults 21 and Older Begin in Oregon

Existing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries May Temporarily Sell Recreational Marijuana to Adults

Lawmakers Allow Early Sales to Curb Illicit Use and Sale of Marijuana

Beginning October 1st, adults 21 and older will be able to legally purchase marijuana at existing medical marijuana dispensaries. Possession of marijuana became legal under state law on July 1, 2015, but adults have had no legal way to purchase marijuana until now. Adults may now legally purchase marijuana at existing medical marijuana dispensaries until state regulators are ready to allow licensed retail outlets to open, most likely in the latter half of 2016.


Tony Newman (646)335-5384
Tamar Todd (510) 593-2395

Oregon Governor Signs New Law to Implement Marijuana Legalization That Includes Broad Sentencing Reform

Oregon Rewrites Marijuana Criminal Code to Reduce Most Felonies to Misdemeanors and to Make Prior Convictions Eligible to be Cleared

Oregon Goes Beyond Other Legalization States to Reduce Harsh Marijuana Sentences and Allow for 78,319 Prior Marijuana Convictions to Potentially be Cleared

Today Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 3400, an omnibus bill to implement Measure 91, the marijuana legalization initiative adopted by voters last November. The bill was approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives this week.


Tony Newman 646-335-5384
Tamar Todd 510-593-4908

July 1: Possession and Home Cultivation of Marijuana Becomes Legal in Oregon for Adults

Oregon Joins Washington, Alaska, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. in Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Oregon to End Wasteful and Racially Disproportionate Marijuana Possession Arrests; State Expects Significant Fiscal Benefits

Beginning July 1st, adults 21 and older will be able to legally possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana in their home and up to 1 ounce of marijuana outside their home. Adults may also grow up to four plants as long as they are out of public view. The regulatory structure allowing for commercial retail sales is still in the works and will not be implemented until next year.


Tony Newman 646-335-5384
Tamar Todd 510-593-4908

Voters Across Country Accelerate Unprecedented Momentum to Legalize Marijuana, End Drug War

Alaska, Oregon and D.C. Pass Marijuana Legalization, as California and New Jersey Pass Groundbreaking Criminal Justice Reforms

DPA: Election Solidifies Drug Policy Reform as Mainstream Political Issue, Boosts Efforts to Legalize Marijuana in California and Elsewhere in 2016

Voters across the country have accelerated the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider drug war, with marijuana legalization measures passing in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., while groundbreaking criminal justice reforms passed in California and New Jersey.

Contact:  Tony Newman, 646-335-5384

HUGE Victory: Oregon Becomes 3rd U.S. State to Approve Legal Regulation of Marijuana

New Law to Set “Gold Standard” for Marijuana Legalization
DPA: Passage Will Boost Efforts to Legalize Marijuana in California and Other States in 2016

Today, Oregon voters elected to make their state the third in the nation to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. Passage of Measure 91 accelerates the nationwide momentum in favor of legalizing marijuana and ending the wider drug war.

Contact:  Tony Newman, 646-335-5384

Activists Release Comedic Video Series Urging Oregon Voters to Legalize Marijuana

Crowdsourced Videos Feature Comedians and Actors Showing How Easy it is to Vote in Oregon and End Marijuana Prohibition

A new get-out-the-vote video campaign has been launched by Drug Policy Action, a related organization of the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation's leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.

Contact: Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Shayna Samuels 718-541-4785

Should Oregon Voters Legalize Marijuana?

Press Teleconference with Experts from Colorado and Washington About How Legalization is Impacting the State Economy, Law Enforcement, Crime Rates & More

As Oregon voters consider Measure 91, a bill on the November ballot that would regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older, many are looking to how similar laws are affecting Colorado and Washington.

Contact: Tony Newman (646) 335-5384 or Shayna Samuels (718) 541-4785

Access to Medical Marijuana for Patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Oregon Passes State Legislature

If Signed by the Governor, Oregon will become the 4th State in the Nation to Recognize PTSD as an Eligible Condition

Bi-Partisan Cooperation was Key to the Bill’s Passage

(SALEM, OR) – Today, the Oregon House passed Senate Bill 281 with a vote of 36-21 to allow people suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to qualify for Oregon’s medical marijuana program. It passed the Oregon State Senate earlier this spring.   If signed by the Governor, Oregon will join New Mexico, Connecticut and Delaware as the fourth state to specifically recognize PTSD as an eligible condition for medical marijuana.

Contact: Emily Kaltenbach 505-920-5256 or Tony Newman 646-335-5384

Tomorrow: Colorado, Oregon and Washington Voters Head to Polls for Historic Vote to Legally Regulate Marijuana

Drug Policy Alliance Spokespeople Available for Comment

Colorado, Oregon and Washington voters head to the polls tomorrow to decide the fate of ballot initiatives that would end marijuana prohibition in their respective states.  A win at the ballot would be a first of its kind in U.S. history.

The latest polls show that slight majorities in Colorado and Washington support the initiatives. The Drug Policy Alliance and its electoral arm, Drug Policy Action, have worked closely with local and national allies to draft these initiatives, build coalitions and raise funds.

Contact: Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Ethan Nadelmann 646-335-2240

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