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?

  • NO

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?

  • YES

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? 

  • 31,464

What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?

  • Total population (2011): white: 84.6%, black: 4.5%, native: 5.2%.
    Drug arrests (2011): 85.3% white, 10.5% black, 3.6% native.

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

  • May lose vote permanently if more than one conviction:. Any person who has not previously been convicted of any other felony shall automatically be restored any civil rights that were lost or suspended by the conviction if the person both: 1. Completes a term of probation or receives an absolute discharge from imprisonment. 2. Pays any fine or restitution imposed.

Judge Thomas Shedden Orders State of Arizona to Add PTSD to the List of Debilitating Conditions Eligible for Medical Marijuana

Arizona On the Road to Becoming Twelfth State to Provide PTSD Patients Access to Medical Marijuana

Veterans, Medical Professionals and Advocates Winning in Three Year Quest To Change Arizona Law and Acknowledge Medical Marijuana’s Benefit for PTSD

Phoenix, AZ - After years of hard-fought efforts a coalition of patients, medical professionals, and advocates succeeded in demonstrating the medical safety and efficacy of marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the Administrative Law Judge who heard the case. The Arizona Dept. of Health has denied all petitions submitted previously.

Contact:  Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Jessica Gelay 505-573-4422

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

"Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity" Arrives in Phoenix to Denounce the Incarceration of Immigrants and the Incarceration of People who Use Drugs

During symbolic visit to “Tent City” jail, Poet Javier Sicilia and other Mexican victims of war on drugs to condemn inhumane practices of Joe Arpaio, longtime drug war enforcer and anti-immigrant sheriff

On third stop of cross-country journey, Caravan expresses its solidarity with those incarcerated and demands an end to drug war that has resulted in more than 60,000 killed and 10,000 disappeared in Mexico

Phoenix, Arizona – Today the “Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity” will visit Maricopa County’s notorious “Tent City” jail to denounce the criminalization and inhumane treatment of immigrants and people who use drugs.

Led by Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, the Caravan will condemn the dehumanizing practices of Joe Arpaio, the infamous anti-immigrant sheriff and former DEA agent, who has made enforcing the failed prohibition of drugs a centerpiece of his career.

Contact: Daniel Robelo: (650) 465-2584 or Tony Newman: (646) 335-5384

Stories and Photos from Families Who Have Been Impacted by Substance Abuse Will Be Delivered to Governor Martinez

Families Encourage Governor to Sign the Treatment-Instead-Of-Incarceration Legislation and Three Other Substance Use Treatment Bills

Santa Fe – At 2 pm this Friday, March 25th, stories and photos from women and families across New Mexico who have been impacted by substance use will be delivered to Governor Susana Martinez, at her office, to encourage her to sign a package of substance use treatment legislation aimed to treat addiction as a health issue, not a criminal one.

Emily Kaltenbach at 505-920-5256 or Adriann Barboa at 505-379-1962

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