Ensuring Drug Policy Reform Remains a Focus of the 2020 Election & Next Administration

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Drug Policy Action has been heavily involved in the 2020 presidential election cycle, ensuring that all campaigns are aware of what is at stake when it comes to addressing drug policy – from tackling the overdose crisis that, in recent years, has claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 people in the United States per year; to confronting the racial disparities, militarized policing and significant harm that has been caused on communities of color as a result of the failed drug war; to the urgent need to legalize marijuana and decriminalize other drugs at the federal level to address these injustices.

Discussions with the campaigns during the Democratic primary led to many of them releasing criminal justice and drug policy platforms that were directly reflective of Drug Policy Action’s priorities. More recently, Drug Policy Action has released a transition document, which is meant to serve as a roadmap for the next administration to meaningfully take on these issues.

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Washington PostTrump’s attack on Hunter Biden underscores ‘harmful stigma’ of addiction (Sept. 30, 2020)

BenzingaThe Drug Policy Action’s Letter To Kamala Harris: Please Keep Promises You Made To Communities Of Color (Aug. 25, 2019)

CheddarCannabis Industry Cautiously Optimistic on Kamala Harris VP Nomination (Aug. 21, 2020)

ForbesKamala Harris’ Controversial Cannabis History Is Making Waves —Here’s Where She Stands Now (Aug. 18, 2020)

The Hill (DPA Op-Ed)Communities devastated by Bloomberg’s marijuana arrest crusade need action on legalization (March 3, 2020)

Filter (DPA Op-Ed)Bloomberg Is Wrong to Throw “Dealers” Under His Campaign Bus (March 2, 2020)

POLITICOBiden’s wariness on marijuana puts another target on his back (Nov. 21, 2019)

ForbesBernie Wants To Legalize Cannabis in 100 Days, Bring (Real) Equity To The Industry (Oct. 25, 2019)

The AppealJoe Biden’s ‘Crack House’ Crusade (Sep. 11, 2019)

USA TodayPresidential pot: Why 2020 Democrats are ready to legalize marijuana (Sep. 7, 2019)

VICEDemocrats Are Racing to Look Progressive on Drugs (Aug. 30, 2019)

The Hill (DPA Op-Ed)We know Mayor Buttigieg’s drug decriminalization plan works — ask Portugal (Aug. 28, 2019)

The New York TimesBiden, Scrutinized for Crime Bill, Unveils Plan to Reduce Mass Incarceration (July 23, 2019)

TIMEThe Democratic Presidential Candidates Mostly Agree on Marijuana Legalization. The Exception? Joe Biden (June 7, 2019)

Mother JonesIn 1989, Joe Biden Believed the Difference Between Marijuana and Alcohol Is That One Can Be Used Responsibly (May 15, 2019)

The InterceptAfter Introducing Criminal Justice Reform Platform, Amy Klobuchar Pushes Hundreds of Millions More Dollars for Police (May 14, 2019)

Washington Examiner‘Double standard’: Activists say Biden’s hardline drugs policies didn’t apply to his children’s cocaine and marijuana use (April 29, 2019)

POLITICOLegalizing pot is the new Democratic litmus test (April 3, 2019)