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The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is a New York Citymarker-based non-profit organization with the principal goal of ending the Americanmarker "War on Drugs". Its goals include nationwide availability of medicinal marijuana, the creation of drug-related public health measures, ending abuses of asset forfeiture, repealing non-violent drug sentences, repealing laws that deny public benefits to people convicted of drug crimes, and the advancement of drug education programs by redirecting most government drug control resources from criminal justice and interdiction to public health and education.

The Drug Policy Alliance's executive director is Ethan Nadelmann.


The Drug Policy Alliance was formed when the Drug Policy Foundation and the Lindesmith Center merged in 1999.

The Drug Policy Foundation, founded in 2000, had office in Utah advocated for drug policies which include harm reduction–policies, drug laws as in Holland, laws allowing doctors to maintain an addict with a low dose of the additive drug and legalization–making drugs similar to U.S. alcohol laws.

Veteran journalist Walter Cronkite spoke out against the War on Drugs in support of the DPA, writing a fundraising letter and appearing in advertisements on behalf of the organization. In the letter, Cronkite wrote: "Today, our nation is fighting two wars: one abroad and one at home. While the war in Iraq is in the headlines, the other war is still being fought on our own streets. Its casualties are the wasted lives of our own citizens. I am speaking of the war on drugs. And I cannot help but wonder how many more lives, and how much more money, will be wasted before another Robert McNamara admits what is plain for all to see: the war on drugs is a failure."


The DPA was the guiding force behind California's recent law Proposition 36. "Prop 36" and the formation of the Drug Courts gave non-violent drug offenders the opportunity to seek treatment in drug rehabilitation programs rather than serve lengthy jail sentences. The Drug Courts also removed unlicensed drug rehabs as options for fulfilling probation requirements, a bold move as unlicensed rehabs were plentiful in California (like Futures Foundation, Inc., in San Jose, Californiamarker.)

DPA awards

The DPA gives annual awards to "honor advocates, elected officials and organizations for their courageous work in reforming drug laws.". These include


  1. A Guide to the Drug-Legalization Movement: Drug Policy Foundation
  2. DPA, 4 November 2005, Drug Policy Alliance to Hand Out Honors to Leading Advocates and Organizations at Biennial Conference in Long Beach, CA

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