Marijuana Justice Coalition

The Marijuana Justice Coalition is a broad coalition of national advocacy organizations, convened by the Drug Policy Alliance, who have joined forces to advocate for federal marijuana reform through a racial and economic justice lens.

Founded in 2018, the Marijuana Justice Coalition comprises of drug policy-focused organizations, in addition to civil rights, criminal justice, immigration, and directly impacted-led organizations united in the goal of passing federal marijuana reform that both acknowledges the disproportionate harm faced by Black, brown, and low-income communities, and works toward repairing this harm.

In the 116th Congress, the Marijuana Justice Coalition led the historic passage of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment & Expungement (MORE) Act (H.R. 3884) in the House. This marked the first time a chamber of Congress voted to deschedule marijuana. In the 117th Congress, the Coalition was once again successful in passing the MORE Act (H.R. 3617) in the House marking the first time a descheduling bill was passed in a non-lame duck session of Congress. 

The Coalition continues to work toward the successful passage of a comprehensive marijuana bill in Congress that legalizes marijuana and centers the people most impacted by prohibition. This work includes collaborating with the Senate on the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, which builds upon the social justice provisions of the MORE Act.

Coalition Members

American Civil Liberties Union


Center for American Progress

The Center for Law and Social Policy

Doctors for Cannabis Regulation

Clergy for a new drug policy

Drug Policy Alliance

Human Rights Watch

Immigrant Defense Project

Immigrant Legal Resource Center


Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Loyola Law School

Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc.


National Association of Social Workers

The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

The National Urban League

Parabola Center

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
Veterans Cannabis Coalition


Statement of Principles on Federal Marijuana Reform

Sign-on Letters

Coalition Letter Asking House Leadership to Bring MORE Act to Floor Vote (March 2022)

Coalition Letter Responding to the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act Discussion (September 2021)

Coalition Letter Urging House Leaders to Co-Sponsor the MORE Act and Support Swift Passage in the House (May 2021)

Drug Policy Alliance Letter for the Floor Record on the MORE Act (H.R. 3884) (December 2020)

Musicians, Actors, Artists, Athletes, Influencers, and Advocates Call on Congress to Vote YES on the MORE Act (November 2020)

Drug Policy Alliance Joins State & Municipal Cannabis Regulators in Calling on Congress to Prioritize Federal Marijuana Reform (October 2020)

Over 30 Organizations Founded by and Led by People Directly Impacted by the Criminal Legal System Urge for Congress to Advance the MORE Act (October 2020)

Sign-On Letter from Immigrants’ Rights Organizations in Support of the MORE Act (September 2020)

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights MORE Act Letter (August 2020)

Law Enforcement Organizations Urge for Congress to Advance the MORE Act (August 2020)

Open Letter from Researchers, Academics, Clinicians, and Public Health Organizations Endorsing Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill (August 2020)

Marijuana Justice Coalition Pens Letter to Congress Urging Them to Include Minority-Owned Cannabis Businesses In COVID-19 Financial Relief (April 2020)

More Than 100 Organizations Urge Congress to Move Forward on the MORE Act (August 2019)

Contact Us

Maritza Perez
Director, Office of National Affairs
[email protected] 

Marijuana Legalization and Regulation
Reforming Marijuana Laws