There is more public support for marijuana law reform than ever before with new polls showing more than half the country is in favor of legalizing marijuana. The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) believes marijuana should be removed from the criminal justice system and regulated like alcohol and tobacco.
Where in the U.S. is marijuana legal?
Read our January 2018 report to learn how and why marijuana legalization is working.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act). It is the most sweeping marijuana reform bill ever in Congress.
What does the MORE Act do?
We believe that it is time to stop the ineffective, racially biased, and unjust enforcement of marijuana prohibition in New York. With our Start SMART NY campaign, we are working to create a well-regulated and inclusive marijuana industry that centers equity, is rooted in racial and economic justice, and reinvests in communities that have been the most harmed by marijuana criminalization. Smart regulation can support community well-being and safety while building a diverse, socially equitable industry that strengthens all parts of NY state.
Watch DPA’s Executive Director Kassandra Frederique speak at a BRIC TV town hall about what it would mean to legalize marijuana in NYC.
DPA is dedicated to ending marijuana prohibition in New York with the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA).
What does the MRTA do?
DPA has been advocating at the state legislature for passage of a Constitutional Amendment allowing the possession, use, and sales of marijuana in New Mexico. This will increase tax revenue, generate commerce and support the agricultural economy.
The criminalization of marijuana use disproportionately harms young people and people of color, sponsors massive levels of violence and corruption, and fails to curb youth access.
Legalizing and regulating marijuana will bring one of the nation's largest cash crops under the rule of law. This will create jobs and economic opportunities in the formal economy instead of the illicit market.
Scarce law enforcement resources will be better used to ensure public safety while reducing corrections and court costs. State and local governments would acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from regulating marijuana sales.
Promote consumer safety
Marijuana product testing is becoming a standard requirement for legalized marijuana markets. This means consumers are better informed about the marijuana they use.
DPA product safety recommendations