The New York office of the Drug Policy Alliance works to promote sensible drug policies and to build a movement to end the drug war in New York State.
We develop our campaigns in partnership with grassroots community organizations, researchers, service providers and other advocates for reform. DPA is working on a number of campaigns to shift New York’s drug policy away from the criminal justice system and towards a public health and safety approach.
DPA has worked to reduce marijuana arrests statewide and legalize medical marijuana, but this is not enough. Patients still struggle to access their medication, and marijuana arrests are still ruining lives. With our Start SMART NY campaign, we are working to end marijuana prohibition in New York and create a new, well-regulated, and inclusive marijuana industry that is rooted in racial and economic justice.
In New York State, drug policies are dominated by the criminal justice system. We are pushing for a health-based approach aimed at improving the health and safety of the individuals, families and communities of New York with our EndOverdoseNY campaign.
Criminal Justice Reform
New York’s harsh sentencing laws have resulted in the mass criminalization of communities of color. DPA is working to address these disparities and repair the harms caused by decades of bad drug policies. We advocate for municipal drug strategies that will move small towns and cities from criminal justice structures towards public health structures.