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Drug Policy Reform

Drug Law Reform Organizations - International
Drug Law Reform Organizations - National
Drug Law Reform Organizations - State and Local
Expert Commentary, Speakers & Testimony
Faith Community
Harm Reduction Issues, Training & Support
Internet Libraries
Medical Marijuana
News & Media Archives, Outlets
Political Action & Analysis
Prison Issues
Research
Sentencing Issues
Special Interest Organizations
Substance Abuse Treatment & Prevention

Drug Law Reform Organizations - International
Drug Law Reform Organizations - National
  • Americans For Safe Access (ASA) - an aggressive grassroots campaign working to push the Bush administration off its anti-medical marijuana crusade and allow states the right to choose and govern medical marijuana laws.
  • Common Sense for Drug Policy (CSDP) - a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding discussion on drug policy by resonating the voices of those raising questions about existing law and educating the public about alternatives to current policies.
  • Criminal Justice Policy Foundation (CJPF) - a non-profit foundation working on innovative solutions to problems facing the criminal justice system.
  • Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) - the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs.
  • Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet) - opposes the prison-building frenzy and supports rational policies consistent with the principles of peace, justice, freedom, compassion and truth.
  • Human Rights and the Drug War - a multi-media project that combines the stories and photos of Drug War POWs with facts and figures about the US Drug War, to confront the conscience of the American people and encourage individuals to take action for social justice.
  • Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) - a progressive think-tank with a project on U.S. drug policy and U.S. involvment in Colombia.
  • Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative (IDPI) - organizes people of faith to promote drug policy reform; i.e., moving from prohibition laws toward reasonable and compassionate drug regulation, education and treatment. 
  • Judges Against the Drug War - provides an "extensive online database of judicial opinions critical of the government’s War on Drugs." The database represents "judicial dissent against drug prohibition" in state and federal jurisdictions from 1970 to the present date.
  • Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) - current and former members of law enforcement who support drug regulation rather than prohibition.
  • Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) - works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana -- both the consumption of marijuana, and the laws that are intended to prohibit such use.
  • Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) - non-profit research and educational organization that assists scientific study of the risks and benefits of MDMA, psychedelic drugs and marijuana.
  • National Drug Strategies Network (NDSN) - coalition of organizations that offer information about drug control strategies.
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) - a nonprofit public-interest advocacy group that represents the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly. 
  • Parents Ending Prohibition - Parents Ending Prohibition is a grassroots, non-profit organization, designed to bring together parents and other concerned citizens to protect our children from the devastating harms created by our nation's "war on marijuana."
  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) - committed to providing education on harms caused by the War on Drugs, working to involve youth in the political process, and promoting an open, honest, and rational discussion of alternative solutions to our nation's drug problems.
  • Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform (UUDPR) - a continental coalition of Unitarian Universalists leading the denomination's efforts to develop and promote more just and compassionate drug policies.
Drug Law Reform Organizations - State and Local
  • A Better Way Foundation - a Connecticut-based non-profit working to shift drug policy away from incarceration and towards substance abuse treatment and public health.
  • Drug Policy Forum of California - a resource for drug policy reformers in California, and members of the public interested in CA state legislators' drug policy voting records.
  • Drug Policy Forum of Florida - promotes scientific and truthful evaluation of current and proposed policies aimed at controlling traffic in all types of drugs.
  • Drug Policy Forum of Hawai'i - serves the public by encouraging the widest possible discussion of alternatives to current drug policies and facilitates the development of effective laws that minimize economic, human and social costs.
  • Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts - envisions a Commonwealth where drug laws and funding priorities are based on science, human rights, and tangible reductions in the harm caused both by drug use and drug laws, instead of our current policy emphasizing criminal punishment.
  • Drug Policy Forum of Texas - believes that drug related problems threaten our children's future and weaken our entire nation and urges reconsidering laws that were based on fear and misinformation.
  • Drug Policy Forum of Wisconsin - a virtual organization consisting of a diverse group of activists from all over Wisconsin who understand that the so-called "war on drugs" is a failure and that it is time to adopt a more humane approach to drug policies.
  • Efficacy - a Connecticut based drug policy reform group that provides speakers on a wide range of drug policy topics.
  • King County Bar Association (KCBA) - partnership of lawyers, doctors, pharmacists and other professionals in Washington State looking for effective ways to reduce the harm and costs of drug abuse, and of the “War on Drugs” itself.
  • ReconsiDer Forum on Drug Policy - a grassroots not-for-profit membership organization that was incorporated in New York State by concerned citizens to provide a forum for discussing alternatives to one of America’s greatest public policy failures—the war on drugs.
  • Virginians Against Drug Violence (VADV) - a grassroots association of persons who participate in activities directed at ending the drug war in our state.
Expert Commentary, Speakers & Testimony
Faith Community
Harm Reduction Issues, Training & Support
  • Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) - committed to reducing drug-related harm among individuals and communities by initiating and promoting local, regional, and national harm reduction education, interventions, and community organizing.
  • Faces & Voices of Recovery - a national campaign of individuals and organizations joining together with a united voice to advocate for public action to deliver the power, possibility and proof of recovery.
  • New Zealand Drug Foundation - a harm reduction centre promoting co-ordination, consultation and co-operation among non-governmental organisations, and providing valid and reliable information.
Internet Libraries
  • Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy - acts as a forum and vehicle for discussing drug policy issues with government, the public, other organizations and the media, and where necessary, recommends effective and humane alternatives to Canada's drug policies.
  • Drug Action Network (DAN) - this organization educates the public regarding the great harm being done to our society caused by the government's support of the illegal drug trade.
  • Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) - the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs.
  • Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet) - opposes the prison-building frenzy and supports rational policies consistent with the principles of peace, justice, freedom, compassion and truth.
  • DrugSense - provides accurate information relevant to drug policy in order to heighten awareness of the extreme damage being caused to our nation and the world by our current flawed and failed "War on Drugs."
  • Erowid - provides access to new and archived research on psychoactive plants and chemicals and related issues.
  • Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) - current and former members of law enforcement who support drug regulation rather than prohibition.
  • Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (MAMA) - promotes informed decision-making and personal responsibility in relation to substance use.
  • National Drug Strategy Network (NDSN) - working for effective approaches to address the world's many drug problems by sharing accurate information about drug control strategies.
Medical Marijuana
  • Americans For Safe Access (ASA) - an aggressive grassroots campaign working to push the Bush administration off its anti-medical marijuana crusade and allow states the right to choose and govern medical marijuana laws.
  • Angel Wings Patient OutReach - a California group that works towards "clarifying and vindicating the civil rights, human rights, and disability rights of medical cannabis patients, their caregivers, and their physicians" and most recently involved in the Supreme Court case Ashcroft v. Raich.
  • Dr. Lester Grinspoon's Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine - explores the use of marijuana as medicine and recreation, as well as for its enhancing, therapeutic, exploratory, and expansive possibilities.
  • Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) -the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs.
  • Green Cross Patient Cooperative of Seattle - provides resources, advice and services to bona fide medicinal cannabis patients.
  • Human Rights and the Drug War - a multi-media project that combines the stories and photos of Drug War POWs with facts and figures about the US Drug War, to confront the conscience of the American people and encourage individuals to take action for social justice.
  • Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) -works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana -- both the consumption of marijuana, and the laws that are intended to prohibit such use. 
  • Parents Ending Prohibition - Parents Ending Prohibition is a grassroots, non-profit organization, designed to bring together parents and other concerned citizens to protect our children from the devastating harms created by our nation's "war on marijuana."
News & Media Archives, Outlets
  • Alternet Drug Reporter - online news source and commentary on drug policy issues.
  • Common Sense for Drug Policy (CSDP) - a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding discussion on drug policy by resonating the voices of those raising questions about existing law and educating the public about alternatives to current policies.
  • Cultural Baggage - an excellent weekly radio program of interviews with leading figures in drug policy reform from around the world on the current issues in drug policy. Part of the Pacifica network. All programs are archived and available on-line.
  • Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet) - opposes the prison-building frenzy and supports rational policies consistent with the principles of peace, justice, freedom, compassion and truth.
  • Drug Testing News - provides the most comprehensive source for up-to-date news and information on the drug and alcohol testing industry including legislation, legal issues, business, and technology.
  • Drug Truth Network (DTN) - a media production organization dedicated to "exposing the fraud, misdirection, and wastefulness of the 'war on drugs'.”
  • DrugSense - provides accurate information relevant to drug policy in order to heighten awareness of the extreme damage being caused to our nation and the world by our current flawed and failed "War on Drugs."
  • Media Awareness Project (MAPInc) - a growing, easily searched, database of current news and opinion articles about the drug war as a research and educational tool.
  • The Progressive Review - "Washington's Most Unofficial Source," is one of the nation's most important sources for news and commentary that escapes from the chains of conventional wisdom and corporate domination. Strongly supports drug policy reform. Unfailingly provocative and inspiring.
  • Watching Justice - keeps a vigilant and long-term eye on Americans' fundamental rights and liberties by providing a forum for analysis, praise, and criticism of the Justice department's actions.
Political Action & Analysis
  • Americans For Safe Access (ASA) - an aggressive grassroots campaign working to push the Bush administration off its anti-medical marijuana crusade and allow states the right to choose and govern medical marijuana laws.
  • Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) - the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs.
  • Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) - works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana -- both the consumption of marijuana, and the laws that are intended to prohibit such use.
Prison Issues
  • Human Rights and the Drug War - a multi-media project that combines the stories and photos of Drug War POWs with facts and figures about the US Drug War, to confront the conscience of the American people and encourage individuals to take action for social justice.
  • November Coalition - a non-profit organization of grassroots volunteers educating the public about the destructive increase in prison population in the United States due to our current drug laws.
Research
Sentencing Issues
  • Justice Policy Institute (JPI) - a non-profit research and a public policy organization dedicated to ending society's reliance on incarceration and promoting effective and just solutions to social problems.
  • Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) - challenges the excessive sentences required by mandatory sentencing laws.
  • The Sentencing Project - promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime.
Special Interest Organizations
  • Educators for Sensible Drug Policy (EFSDP) - coalition of educators who wish to provide children with accurate and useful drug education.
  • Faces & Voices of Recovery - a national campaign of individuals and organizations joining together with a united voice to advocate for public action to deliver the power, possibility and proof of recovery.
  • Judges Against the Drug War - an extensive online database of judicial opinions critical of the government’s War on Drugs, intended to serve as a resource for the media, judges, attorneys, law students, drug policy reformers and the public.
  • King County Bar Association (KCBA) - partnership of lawyers, doctors, pharmacists and other professionals in Washington State looking for effective ways to reduce the harm and costs of drug abuse, and of the “War on Drugs” itself.
  • Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) - current and former members of law enforcement who support drug regulation rather than prohibition.
  • Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (MAMA) - promotes informed decision-making and personal responsibility in relation to substance use.
  • National Work Rights Institute - founded in January 2000 by the former staff of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Taskforce on Civil Liberties in the Workplace, this institute's goal is to improve the legal protection of human rights in the workplace.
  • Pain Relief Network (PRN) - a network of pain patients, family members of people in pain, physicians, attorneys, and activists who are working toward a day when people in pain will be afforded the simple dignity and compassion due all ill Americans.
  • Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy (PLNDP) -union of leaders from both the medical and legal professions brings together our nation's leading physicians and attorneys to promote a public health approach to the country's substance abuse policies at both the federal and state levels.
  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) - committed to providing education on harms caused by the War on Drugs, working to involve youth in the political process, and promoting an open, honest, and rational discussion of alternative solutions to our nation's drug problems.
  • Veterans for More Effective Drug Strategies - military veterans from a variety of backgrounds who join together in recognition that the anticipated escalation of US military involvement in the four decade old Colombian civil war will do more harm than good.
  • Voluntary Committee of Lawyers (VCL) - an association of lawyers and judges whose members share strong misgivings about the wisdom and consequences of America's perpetual drug war.
  • Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR) - revived organization from the years of alcohol prohibition, again working to end prohibition and the corruption and violence that it breeds.
Substance Abuse Treatment & Prevention
  • Join Together - a pioneer in using the Internet to support people working on substance abuse and gun violence issues.
  • Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (MAMA) - formed in 1982 to address the multifaceted issues of substance use, misuse and abuse. MAMA's approach is based on personal responsibility and informed decision making, with respect for human dignity.
  • Addict in the Family Online - a valuable resource document for health professionals, care givers and families, Addict in the Family provides a practical, no nonsense guide to those grappling with drug use by a person whom they love. 
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (Alcohol Only) - a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. 
  •  Family Justice - a New York-based organization that works with families and neighborhoods to "break cycles of involvement with the criminal justice system."
  •  Legal Action Center - a legal advice center for recovering drug addicts that lobbies on their behalf. 
  •  Moderation Management (Alcohol Only) - a behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes. MM empowers individuals to accept personal responsibility for choosing and maintaining their own path, whether moderation or abstinence. 
  •  Narcotics Anonymous (NA) - a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We meet regularly to help each other stay clean. We are not interested in what or how much you used, only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help. 
  • SMART Recovery - offers free face-to-face and online mutual help groups. SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities. SMART is an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. 
  • Health.org - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information.
  • NotMyKid.org - a resource dedicated to raising awareness about the most prevalent youth and adolescent mental and behavioral health issues.
  • PreventionWorks! - this harm reduction program works to provide needle exchange services in the District of Columbia.
  • Phoenix House - a nation-wide, non-profit organization that provides drug and alcohol treatment and prevention programs. It has been deemed a "model program" by the Department of Justice.
  • The Association of Addiction Professionals - the largest membership organization serving addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment and education.
  • Treatment Trends, Inc. - a non-profit organization that oversees numerous drug treatment programs. It also provides a newsletter three times a year.