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Annual Reports Vision The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes committed against others, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.
Mission Our mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.
A Broad Coalition Our supporters are individuals who believe the war on drugs must end. It was the first, most significant effort to build up a membership organization around drug policy reform. The Lindesmith Center was named after Prof.
Alfred Lindesmith, an Indiana University professor who was the first prominent scholar in the U. Our Victories Marijuana Reform Beginning with California inDPA has played a pivotal role in roughly half of the campaigns that have legalized medical marijuana in the U.
Now almost million Americans live in medical marijuana states and more than 60 million live in states where marijuana prohibition is a thing of the past.
Since then, DPA has won several improvements to the program and fought off multiple legislative efforts to repeal this groundbreaking law. The Drug Policy Alliance and its electoral arm, Drug Policy Action, worked closely with local and national allies to draft these ballot initiatives, build coalitions and raise funds.
DPA was deeply involved in efforts to legalize marijuana in Uruguay. Our policy manager for the Americas, Hannah Hetzer, spent nine months in Uruguay working with a diverse coalition of Uruguayan civil society organizations on a public education campaign that included input from political consultants and activists in the U.
DPA's New York policy office worked with allies across the state to bring the voices of patients, providers and caregivers to the legislature and governor's office. The bill passed and was signed despite significant opposition from leaders in Albany.
DPA was involved in virtually all of these efforts, helping with drafting, funding and advocacy. It enacts across-the-board retroactive sentencing reform for marijuana offenses, while establishing a comprehensive system to tax and regulate businesses to produce and distribute marijuana in a legal market.
Learn more about our work to reform marijuana laws.
Criminal Justice Reform DPA has been at the forefront of many, perhaps most, major drug sentencing reforms over the past two decades.
DPA was the proponent of this initiative and led the campaign. SinceProp 36 has save California billions of dollars on prison expenditures, while diverting hundreds of thousands of people arrested for drug possession from incarceration.
The reforms, signed into law by Gov. The new law allowed judges to deny bail to dangerous individuals.
Now pretrial release decisions are made based on risk rather than resources and thousands of low-income individuals — many of whom are behind bars for a low-level drug law violation — will avoid unnecessary jail time. The Drug Policy Alliance and Drug Policy Action played a leading role in efforts to pass both this legislation and the accompanying ballot initiative.
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