New Mexico

The New Mexico DPA office opened in 2000. Since then, we have helped enact a range of drug policy reforms through the legislative process. Our focus areas include:

  • Legalizing marijuana
  • Decriminalizing all drug use and possession
  • Devising new strategies to prevent drug overdose fatalities
  • Expanding access to drug treatment for people behind bars
  • Establishing overdose prevention programs/supervised consumption services
  • Supporting implementation of an injectable opioid treatment program
  • Exposing the roots of the drug war in civil systems
  • Advancing reforms at the intersection of the drug war and policing

DPA's New Mexico State Director, Emily Kaltenbach, chaired the city of Santa Fe's Municipal Drug Strategy Task Force. In  February 2020, the task force released a report that provides a roadmap for the city to move forward with drug strategies that focus on public health and safety.

"Santa Fe is another example of bold municipal leadership. The work of the Santa Fe Municipal Drug Strategy Task Force demonstrates how cities can step up and implement innovative drug policies rooted in science, compassion, and public health. Even when the federal government fails to act, cities can.”  - Emily Kaltenbach

Read the report.

Our Campaigns

Marijuana Reform
Nearly three out of four New Mexicans approve of cannabis legalization. DPA is advocating at the state legislature for passage of legislation allowing the possession, use, and sale of marijuana. Join our Grow New Mexico campaign to legalize marijuana in the state.

Harm Reduction
DPA is committed to reducing the harms associated with drug use in New Mexico. Our priorities include expanding naloxone access, authorizing overdose prevention programs, expanding access to drug checking services, increasing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) access, and establishing a Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) pilot program.

Criminal Justice
Drug arrests have led to unprecedented levels of incarceration in New Mexico, especially for people of color. We advocate for municipal drug strategies that will move small towns and cities from criminal justice structures towards public health structures.

Contact Us

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