Support Psychedelic Justice

We know that psychedelics can be life-changing tools that can help people lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives. They help us understand how changing ourselves – and the world around us – is possible.

The time has come for people who care about psychedelics to step out of the shadows and bring our voices to the table.

We believe people who use psychedelics shouldn’t be vulnerable to criminal punishment – and ultimately we want to build a world where legal psychedelics make sense.

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Psychedelic Justice Campaign

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is working to protect – and expand – the safety, wellness, and freedom of people who can benefit from psychedelics.

Goal One: Exposing and overcoming ongoing barriers to scientific and medical research.

The potential benefits and risks of psychedelics need to be better understood, but the drug war and its ideology continue to drastically limit the scope of scientific research. That’s why we’re working to shift decision-making authority away from law enforcement, while empowering health and science experts.

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Goal Two: Changing the conversation about how psychedelics are perceived and managed.

Public support for legal access to psychedelics remains low due to unsubstantiated myths that are vestiges of the drug war. That’s why we’re working to educate the public about their histories, traditional uses, and clinical findings.

That’s also why we’re working with universities, festivals, nightlife venues, and other institutions to end zero tolerance policies – and to instead promote harm reduction and benefit maximization measures, such as drug checking and onsite peer counseling services like MAPS’ Zendo Project.

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Goal Three: Eliminating the role of criminalization in psychedelic drug policy and repairing the harms of psychedelic prohibition.

Let’s face it – the prohibition of psychedelics is a legacy of colonialism, racism, and the repression of indigenous cultures. This legacy continues today, with thousands of people every year getting handcuffed, arrested, branded for life as criminals, and serving time behind bars simply for using or possessing a psychedelic substance. These people are more likely to be young, non-white, and socioeconomically marginalized than most other people who use psychedelics.

At DPA, we’re working to end arrests and criminal penalties for people who use or possess psychedelics and other substances – a step several countries like Portugal and the Czech Republic have taken with enormous success – and to scale back draconian prison sentences for people convicted of making or selling them.

We’re also exploring and evaluating small-scale models for legally regulating psychedelics outside of medical contexts, while supporting the protection of people who use psychedelics as part of a religious or spiritual practice.

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Thanks to our work, drug policy has changed as quickly as any other issue in the U.S. over the past decade.

Together, we can live to see the day when people who use psychedelics are no longer criminalized, stigmatized, and made to live in fear of sharing our full truths. 

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