Fact Sheet

D.C.'s Marijuana Decriminalization Law: What You Need to Know

July 17, 2014

On Thursday, July 17, 2014, the “Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-305)” took effect in the District of Columbia, and makes possession of marijuana punishable by a $25 fine instead of jail time. This new law is expected to enhance civil rights in the District of Columbia by reducing racial disparities in arrest rates for marijuana possession.

Labeling Requirements for Marijuana Products in Colorado

July 3, 2014

Since retail sales of marijuana and marijuana-infused products began in Colorado in 2014, efforts to ensure the safety and encourage the safe consumption of these products have been ongoing. Colorado law requires that each package or container of retail marijuana, retail marijuana product, and retail marijuana concentrate include necessary and relevant information for consumers, does not include health and physical benefits claims, is easily accessible to consumers, and is clear and noticeable.

Marijuana-Infused Products ("Edibles")

June 10, 2014

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 that marijuana-infused products should be regulated and tested to ensure safety, quality and accuracy of information, that they should be labeled with detailed information to ensure that consumers are informed about what they are consuming and educated on how to safely consume, and that all edibles should be kept away from children.

Moving Away from Drug Courts: Toward a Health-Centered Approach to Drug Use

May 27, 2014

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 those struggling with drug problems. The drug court model must be corrected to play a more effective role in improving the wellbeing of people involved in the criminal justice system who suffer substance misuse problems – while preserving scarce public safety resources.

La guerra contra las drogas y la deportación masiva

May 22, 2014

La guerra contra las drogas se ha convertido en una guerra contra las comunidades migrantes. Alimenta la discriminación racial, la militarización de la frontera, la violencia contra los migrantes, la intrusión del gobierno, y – especialmente – las detenciones y deportaciones generalizadas.

Marijuana Legalization in Uruguay

May 22, 2014

In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana for personal use. This document is a summary of the key provisions of the law.

A Comparison of the World's First Three Jurisdictions to Legally Regulate Marijuana: Colorado, Washington and Uruguay

May 15, 2014
Drug Policy Alliance

In 2012, Colorado and Washington State became the first two jurisdictions to legally regulate marijuana, followed by Uruguay becoming the first country to do so in 2013. This table provides a comparison of the main elements of each jurisdiction’s system.

¿Sólo un Regaño? Las Consecuencias Irreversibles de un Arresto por Marihuana

April 25, 2014

Los arrestos por marihuana son el motor que impulsa la guerra contra las drogas en EE.UU. En 2012 sumaron 749,825 arrestos por marihuana en EE.UU. – casi la mitad de todos los arrestos por drogas. Estos arrestos afectan de manera abrumadora a los jóvenes negros y latinos., aunque los blancos consumen y venden marihuana en aproximadamente los mismos niveles.

¿Por qué no Basta la Despenalización de la Marihuana?

April 25, 2014

La despenalización de la posesión de la marihuana es el primer paso necesario hacia las reformas más integrales del régimen de la prohibición de drogas. Sin embargo, la despenalización en sí no resuelve muchos de los daños mayores causados por la prohibición – como las tasas altas de delincuencia, corrupción y violencia, enormes mercados ilícitos, y los daños a la salud causados por la ausencia de una supervisión reguladora.

La Legalización de la Marihuana en Washington y Colorado

April 25, 2014

En noviembre de 2012, los votantes de Colorado y Washington dieron un paso histórico: de rechazar la política fracasada de la prohibición de marihuana al decidir la reglamentación legal de las ventas, el cultivo y la distribución de marihuana a los adultos mayores de 21 años. Este documento explica por qué los estados pueden optar por un camino diferente sin violar la ley federal, y resume las similitudes y diferencias entre las nuevas leyes de Colorado y Washington.

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