Finding Quality, Reality-Based Drug Education and Counseling for California’s Teens

April 14, 2017
The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) recommends providing youth with honest, comprehensive drug education focused on empowering them to assess risky situations and make choices that reduce potential harm. Research by prevention and drug education experts suggests that the criteria outlined in this guide contribute to program effectiveness. School districts and law enforcement officers should use this to select effective, evidence-based programs that will best meet the needs of the youth they serve.

Immigration Impact: The Adult Use of Marijuana Act

September 29, 2016
Immigration Legal Resource Center

This report from the Immigration Legal Resource Center provides an analysis of California’s Proposition 64, or The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, and its potential impact on immigrants with marijuana offenses. The report finds that Prop. 64 presents a timely and important opportunity to address one devastating effect of the failed "War on Drugs." By legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and older, Prop. 64 will prevent the destruction of thousands of California families and will prevent loved ones from being detained or deported for minor marijuana offenses.

It’s Not Legal Yet: Nearly 500,000 Californians Arrested for Marijuana in Last Decade

August 18, 2016

Short of legalization, California has some of the most permissive marijuana possession laws in the United States, yet law enforcement continues to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate thousands of people annually for marijuana offenses. This report shows that there were nearly half a million marijuana felony and misdemeanor arrests in California between 2006 and 2015. Thousands of Californians are arrested annually for marijuana misdemeanors and felonies. These arrests are not equal. Black and Latino Californians are arrested for marijuana offenses at disproportionately high rates.

Marijuana Incarceration in California Jails

December 15, 2016
New Frontier Data
New Frontier Data conducted an analysis of data provided by 20 California counties to determine the number of people in California jails for marijuana-related offenses. They found that:
  • Thousands of adults are incarcerated for marijuana offenses in California and the severity of sentences varies dramatically across the state.
  • There is significant variation between counties in per capita rates of incarceration and length of sentences for similar offenses.

So Far, So Good: What We Know About Marijuana Legalization in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C.

October 13, 2016

In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first two U.S. states – and the first two jurisdictions in the world – to approve ending marijuana prohibition and legally regulating marijuana production, distribution and sales. In the 2014 election, Alaska and Oregon followed suit, while Washington D.C. passed a more limited measure that legalized possession and home cultivation of marijuana (but did not address its taxation and sale due to D.C. law).


June 16, 2016

What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple. This video, made by Kurzgesagt, is adapted from Johann Hari's New York Times best-selling book 'Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.' The video highlights the important work of Dr. Bruce Alexander and his Rat Park project, a groundbreaking study into the causes of drug addiction.

Assessing New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: Problems of Patient Access and Affordability

June 13, 2016
New York became the 23rd state to roll out its medical marijuana program on January 7, 2016. The law has been criticized as being one of the most restrictive and burdensome programs in the country. This report, an assessment of the first four months of the program, found that patients and caregivers face significant barriers to accessing medical marijuana.

New Mexico’s Drug Overdose Death Epidemic: Understanding the Problem and Finding a Way Out of the Crisis

June 1, 2016

New Mexico is experiencing an ongoing crisis of drug overdose poisoning deaths. This booklet highlights the state's overdose data, reviews polling results on harm reduction programs, and presents policy recommendations to decrease opioid related overdose.

Marijuana Enforcement Disparities In California: A Racial Injustice

May 31, 2016

New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California find that racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted, following the reduction of low-level marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction in 2011.

Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests in Virginia (2003-2013)

October 28, 2015

"Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests in Virginia (2003-2013)" reveals that marijuana possession arrests in Virginia have increased dramatically in recent years despite a nationwide trend in favor of reforming marijuana laws. Between 2003 and 2013, marijuana arrests in Virginia increased by 76%. Black Virginians have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana law enforcement despite constituting only 20% of the state's population and using marijuana at a similar rate as white Virginians.

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