Medical Marijuana

One of the most egregious outcomes of marijuana prohibition is that many sick people cannot legally access the medicine that works best for them. The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is committed to legalizing marijuana at the state and federal levels and improving medical marijuana programs to better protect patients’ rights and access to medicine.

Current Medical Marijuana Laws in the U.S.

2016 Initiative Results

Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition — no other reform was approved by so many citizens on so many ballots this year. Legalization initiatives prevailed in four out of five states, and medical marijuana initiatives prevailed in all four states.

But the prospect of Donald Trump as our next president is profoundly troubling. While Trump has repeatedly pledged to respect state marijuana laws, his rhetoric on broader criminal justice issues has been largely unfriendly. 

Read more about the impact of the 2016 election on our blog.


Take Action

The CARERS Act is the first-ever bill in the U.S. Senate to let states legalize marijuana for medical use. Tell your Senators to legalize medical marijuana nationwide!


Why Should We Legalize?

Provide effective medicine
For many seriously ill people, medical marijuana is the only medicine that relieves their pain and suffering, or treats symptoms of their medical condition, without debilitating side effects.

Marijuana has been shown to alleviate symptoms of a huge variety of serious medical conditions including cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma, and is often an effective alternative to synthetic painkillers.

Advance research
Marijuana prohibition has thwarted research within the United States to uncover the best and most effective uses for marijuana as a medicine. Legalization would allow research into marijuana’s medical benefits to move forward.

Featured Resources

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Obama Administration "Willing to Work" With Congress to Reschedule Marijuana

Drug Policy Alliance: Rescheduling Is Small Step In Right Direction, But Wouldn’t Protect People From Being Arrested or Punished for Marijuana Possession

DPA Supports De-Scheduling Marijuana and Legally Regulating It

Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that the Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to reschedule marijuana.

Re-categorizing marijuana would not legalize the drug under federal law, but it could ease restrictions on research into marijuana's medical benefits and allow marijuana businesses to take tax deductions.

Contact:  Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Bill Piper 202-669-6430

Arizona State Senator Blocks Funding for Long-Sought Medical Marijuana Research

Clinical Trial for Veterans with PTSD Has Already Obtained Approval from U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U. Arizona Institutional Review Board, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Wednesday, April 2: Veterans, Military Family Members and Supporters to Rally at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza

After 22 years of hard-fought efforts, the non-profit pharmaceutical company MAPS has finally obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a FDA clinical trial to examine the medical safety and efficacy of marijuana. The trial would study military veterans suffering from treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet the study’s ability to receive Arizona state funding is in jeopardy due to State Senator Kimberly Yee.

Contact:  Jessica Gelay (505) 573-4422 or Scott Cecil (480) 252-8387 or Sue Sisley (480) 326-6023

Medical Marijuana Dropped from State Budget, Leaving Patients to Suffer

While Assembly Included Compassionate Care Act in Budget Proposal, the Senate and Governor Failed to Act

Advocates: To Alleviate Patient Suffering in New York, State Senate Must Immediately  Bring Compassionate Care Act to Floor for a Vote

Albany – On Saturday, Governor Cuomo, Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Senate Co-Presidents Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein announced that they had reach a budget agreement, but the deal excluded the Compassionate Care Act, a bill that would allow seriously ill New Yorkers access to medical marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider. The Assembly had included the proposal as part of their one-house budget bill, but the Senate and Governor refused to include the bill in the final budget.

Contact:  Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or gabriel sayegh 646-335-2264

Albany Today: Faith Leaders Join Patients and Families in Calling on Legislature to Show Compassion and Immediately Pass Medical Marijuana Bill

Dozens of Patients, Caregivers, Providers and Faith Leaders Travel from Across the State to Demand Passage of Compassionate Care Act

Advocates Call on New York Senate Leaders to Stop Delays and Allow a Vote to Stop the Needless Suffering of Sick New Yorkers

NOTE:  Likely press conference today at 2:30 outside the LCA with Faith Leaders, Patients, Healthcare Providers and Families.

Contact:  Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or gabriel sayegh 646-335-2264

DC and NY: Mexican Legislators to Discuss Mexico's Marijuana Reform Proposals

Marijuana Decriminalization and Medical Marijuana Legislation Recently Introduced

Unprecedented Momentum for Drug Policy Reform Continues to Spread Throughout Latin America

This week, legislators from the Mexican Congress and the Mexico City Assembly will be in DC and NY to discuss the bills they introduced to decriminalize the consumption and purchase of marijuana for personal use in Mexico City and to legalize medical marijuana countrywide.

Contact: Tony Newman (646)335-5384 or Sarah Aguilar Flaschka: saguilar.df@senado.gob.mx

Wednesday: Patients, Families, Doctors Host Medical Marijuana Educational Forum in Syracuse, New York

Advocates Say There Are Enough Votes to Pass Medical Marijuana in NY: Senate Must Act Now

East Syracuse - Wednesday, patients, families, advocates, and doctors will host an educational forum in East Syracuse. The public forum is part of the March for Compassion—a month-long series of actions and events across the state to educate New Yorkers about medical cannabis and build support for New York’s comprehensive medical marijuana proposal – the Compassionate Care Act (A.6357-A -Gottfried) / S.4406-A -Savino).

Contact:  Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or gabriel sayegh 646-335-2264

Patients, Families, Doctors Host Educational Medical Marijuana Forum Tonight in Mineola, Long Island

March for Compassion Continues Throughout the State as Support for the Compassionate Care Act Grows

Long Island - Tonight, patients, families, advocates, and doctors will host an educational forum in Mineola, Long Island. The public forum is part of the March for Compassion — a month-long series of actions and events across the state to educate New Yorkers about medical cannabis and build support for New York’s comprehensive medical marijuana proposal – the Compassionate Care Act (A.6357-A -Gottfried) / S.4406-A -Savino).

Contact:  Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or gabriel sayegh 646-335-2264

For First Time Ever, Assembly Includes Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill in Their One-House Budget Bill, Jumpstarting Negotiations With Senate and Governor

As Assembly Gathers to Vote, Patients, Caregivers and Healthcare Providers from Across NY Descend on Albany to Demand Senate Join Assembly and Deliver the Compassionate Care Act to Cuomo for Signature

Day of Actions Include Public Hearing on Bill, Evening Event in Nearby Latham, and Powerful New Video About Patients, Doctors and the Compassionate Care Act

Albany – Today, the State Assembly is introducing and passing their one-house budget proposal, which, for the first time ever, includes the New York’s comprehensive medical marijuana proposal – the Compassionate Care Act (A.6357-A -Gottfried) / S.4406-A -Savino). As the Assembly gathers to pass the measure, dozens of patients, families, caregivers and healthcare providers are descending on Albany to press the State Senate to pass the Compassionate Care Act.

Contact:  Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or gabriel sayegh 646-335-2264

NY State Assembly to Include Comprehensive Medical Marijuana in State Budget Bill; Patients, Families, Caregivers Call on Senate To Do Same

Statewide Coalition Launches Month of Actions With Weekly Lobby and Education Days in Albany and Community Forums in Buffalo, Syracuse, Capital Region, Westchester, NYC, Long Island

Momentum Builds as Assembly Jumpstarts Negotiations and Four Senate Republicans Announce Support for Compassionate Care Act

New York: Today, Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D, WFP – Manhattan) announced that the Assembly would include the comprehensive medical marijuana bill in their state budget proposal. The move assures that, for the first time ever, the Compassionate Care Act will be formally discussed in state budget negotiations between the Assembly, Senate and Governor.

Contact: Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or gabriel sayegh 646-335-2264

Fourth Republican State Senator, Thomas O'Mara, Announces His Support for Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill – the Compassionate Care Act

Support to Pass Compassionate Care Act Continues to Grow

Patients and Families: We Cannot Wait Any Longer for Relief

NEW YORK: Yesterday, Senator Tom O’Mara (R, C – Big Flats, Elmira) stated his support for the Compassionate Care Act, a bill that would allow New Yorkers with serious and debilitating conditions to access to medical marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider. Sen.

Contact:  Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or gabriel sayegh 646-335-2264

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