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New Solutions Marijuana Reform: Regulation Works

February 7, 2017
Legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol for adults has worked in eight other states and the District of Columbia. It will work in New Jersey.
Eight states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusettes, Nevada, Oregon, Washington) and the District of Columbia have now legalized marijuana. The first four states that legalized have demonstrated significant data on the benefits of marijuana legalization.

New Solutions Marijuana Reform: Fairness and Equity

February 7, 2017

New Jersey’s marijuana laws have had a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Marijuana legalization in New Jersey must be fair and equitable and must address past disproportionate harms to communities of color.

As New Jersey considers legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana, fairness and equity demand a system that provides a level playing field and addresses past harms.

New Solutions Marijuana Reform: Consequences of Arrest and/or Conviction

February 7, 2017

Instead of improving the safety of our communities, our marijuana laws make criminals out of millions of otherwise law-abiding people and impose a lifetime of punishment on those who are convicted. A marijuana conviction subjects an individual to a system of legal discrimination that makes it difficult or impossible to secure employment, housing, student loans, or even a driver’s license.

New Solutions Campaign: Marijuana Reform Executive Summary

February 7, 2017
Drug Policy Alliance
Marijuana prohibition is costly, unfair and ineffective.
New Jersey arrests more than 22,000 people a year for marijuana possession at a cost of more than $125 million to New Jersey taxpayers. This absurd and wasteful policy criminalizes otherwise law-abiding people and wastes resources that would be better spent on projects that support our families and communities.

Safer Partying: Promoting Public Health and Reducing Harm Around Drug Use

December 20, 2016

DPA advocates for sharing reliable, accurate information about commonly used drugs so we can promote public health and reduce the harms around drug use. This booklet, produced by our New Mexico office, is designed to encourage safer partying at music festivals and concerts. It contains information about drugs like MDMA and LSD, drug checking resources, and tips for people stopped by police officers at a music event.

A Public Health and Safety Approach to Problematic Opioid Use and Overdose

December 7, 2016

Rates of opioid use, dependence, and overdose in the United States are reaching epidemic-level proportions. In this action plan, DPA outlines a robust response focused on effective treatment, harm reduction, prevention, and reducing the role of criminalization to optimally address increasing rates of opioid dependence, overdose, and other negative consequences stemming from opioid use.

The Scandal-Ridden DEA: Everything You Need to Know (English/Spanish)

April 21, 2015

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has existed for more than 40 years, but little attention has been given to the role the agency has played in fueling mass incarceration, racial disparities and other drug war problems.

Managing Drug Use at Your Event

December 23, 2014

In response to an increasing number of deaths at music festivals and other events in the U.S. and a rising emphasis on use of police and enforcement tactics, this guide aims to give event producers an alternate approach that places health first when it comes to drug use.  The recommendations in the guide include onsite drug education, mental health services and drug checking.

Expanding Access to Naloxone: Reducing Fatal Overdose, Saving Lives

April 11, 2012
Drug Policy Alliance

A serious but largely overlooked crisis has taken root in the United States. More than 100 people die every day in the United States from a drug overdose. Overdose rates have tripled since 1990 and increased more than 140 percent between 2000 and 2008. This overdose epidemic continues virtually unchecked despite the existence of practical, low-cost interventions.

Crime and Punishment in New Jersey: The Criminal Code and Public Opinion on Sentencing

April 25, 2011
Paul H. Robinson and the University of Pennsylvania Criminal Law Research Group
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

This groundbreaking report contains two major findings:

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