Drug Policy Alliance and HIPS Lead Coalition of Community Groups Urging for an End to the Criminalization of Harm Reduction Supplies Criminalized under DC’s Paraphernalia Laws

This week, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and HIPS sent a letter – signed by over 30 other local and national organizations – calling on the DC Council, and Judiciary Chairman Charles Allen, to remove criminal penalties for the possession and distribution of harm reduction supplies currently criminalized under the District’s strict drug paraphernalia laws. […]

DPA's “Safety First” Drug Education Curriculum Goes Remote to Meet New E-learning Reality of COVID-19

Science & Health-Based Lessons Designed to Engage Students Virtually Through Interactive Activities and Discussion Focused on Reducing Drug-Related Harms With the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changing the way we live, work and learn, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) has launched a distance learning version of Safety First to meet the growing needs of remote learning and […]

DPA Rolls Out “Safety First” Drug Education Curriculum

Today, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) launched Safety First, the first of its kind drug education curriculum aimed at providing high school students with honest and scientifically accurate information that empowers them to reduce drug-related harms.  The curriculum was first piloted and evaluated at Bard Early College High School in Manhattan in Spring 2018, and […]

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and Senator Kamala Harris Introduce Sweeping Marijuana Reform Bill

Bill Would Remove Marijuana from Controlled Substances Act and Ensure Reparative Justice and Equity in Legalization Legislation follows This Month’s Historic House Judiciary Hearing Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act), which would de-schedule marijuana at […]

DPA Statement & Analysis in Response to Reports of First Decline in Drug Overdose Deaths Since 1990

Statement from Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to new reports that drug overdose deaths have dropped (5.1%) for the first time since 1990: “The modest drop in reported overdose deaths offers some hope that expanded naloxone access and other measures we’ve fought for are bearing fruit. But with […]

DPA Statement in Response to Reports of First Decline in Drug Overdose Deaths Since 1990

Statement from Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to new reports that drug overdose deaths have dropped (4.4%) for the first time since 1990: “The modest drop in reported overdose deaths offers some hope that expanded naloxone access and other measures we’ve fought for are bearing fruit. But with nearly […]

Drug Policy Alliance Contributes to Extensive Amicus Brief Effort Supporting Attempt to Establish Supervised Consumption Site in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, July 17, 2019 – Last week, numerous organizations and individuals representing public health, criminal justice, law enforcement, faith, homelessness, and impacted families and communities filed more than 12 amicus briefs in support of Safehouse. The community-based organization is currently fending off an action in federal court against its attempt to establish a Safe Consumption […]

Broad Coalition of Civil Rights, Immigration and Drug Policy Groups Release Principles for Federal Marijuana Reform

The Marijuana Justice Coalition Launches, Urging Congress to Reform Marijuana Laws with Emphasis on Racial Justice House Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing on Marijuana and Racial Justice Tomorrow WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2019 – A broad coalition of 10 national groups has joined forces to create the Marijuana Justice Coalition to advocate for federal marijuana reform […]

DPA Joins New Mexico Cannabis Legalization Working Group

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced the establishment of the Cannabis Legalization Working Group, a convening of stakeholders and policy experts who will, through the summer and fall, study proposals to legalize the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the state of New Mexico, identify best practices from other states […]

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