In Mississippi, Drug Policy Action is supporting Initiative 65 to legalize medical marijuana. If approved, it would create a safe and legal process for patients to obtain medical marijuana from licensed and regulated treatment centers. It would be a remarkable step forward in one of the U.S. regions that have been hardest hit by the drug war, and may open the door for other reforms in the Deep South. Drug Policy Action has worked on this campaign for several years, partnering with our local allies at every step of the way—from drafting the amendment, to signature gathering, and hopefully soon to victory in November!
Drug Policy Action is proud to support Montana Ballot Initiatives CI-118 and I-190 to legalize marijuana in that state. Montana has the highest rate of racial disparities in marijuana arrests between Black and white people of any state. CI-118 and I-190 would reduce arrests and provide for resentencing or expungement of past marijuana related convictions. It would also create a responsibly-regulated system to protect consumers, and invest new revenue in veteran services, conservation programs, substance abuse treatment, long-term health care, and municipal services.
New Jersey Public Question 1 would legalize marijuana for adults. Drug Policy Action has worked for two decades toward marijuana legalization in New Jersey and we are proud to partner on this campaign. New Jersey is one of the top five states when it comes to the total number of marijuana arrests. Each year, the state wastes over $143 million arresting over 32,000 people on marijuana related charges, the vast majority just for simple possession. Enforcement is disproportionately targeted at Black and Latinx people. If approved, Question 1 would advance racial and social justice, strengthen public health and safety, and foster economic development.
Drug Policy Action is currently backing Measure 110, a groundbreaking all-drug decriminalization and treatment initiative, in Oregon. If passed by voters in November, Oregon would become the first state to decriminalize drug possession and will significantly expand access to much-needed evidence-informed, culturally-responsive treatment, harm reduction and other health services through excess marijuana tax revenue.
South Dakota Constitutional Amendment A would legalize marijuana for adult use and Initiated Measure 26 would establish a medical marijuana program. Drug Policy Action is proud to support this local effort. Treating marijuana as a criminal justice issue has led to thousands of needless arrests. In fact, South Dakota has the highest arrest rate for marijuana possession of any state. If passed, Constitutional Amendment A would legalize and tax marijuana for adults, disrupting arrests and reducing government waste. Initiated Measure 26 would create safe, regulated, and legal access to medical marijuana for patients in South Dakota.