OH: Vote No on HB110 – Ohio Needs Real Medical Amnesty

Ohio has the second highest number of drug-related overdoses in the nation. Many people witnessing an overdose are scared to call 911 because of the fear of arrest and police involvement. To address this, over thirty states have passed life-saving … more

California: RISE Act

SB 966 by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) would repeal the three-year sentence enhancement for prior drug convictions. The enhancement is applied consecutively — three years for every prior conviction for possession for sale, sale or similar drug offense to … more

OHIO: Ohio Good Samaritan Policy

Ohio has the second highest number of drug-related overdoses in the nation. Many people witnessing an overdose don’t call 911 due to the fear of arrest and police involvement. To address this, over thirty states have passed life-saving “911 Good … more

VIRGINIA: ReVAMP

Despite over 60% voter approval for marijuana legalization in Virginia, the legislature has remained adamant in shooting down even the most basic decriminalization measures. In October 2015 the Drug Policy Alliance put out a report highlighting Virginia as one of … more

COLORADO: CO HB 16-1344

House Bill 16-1344 seeks to add a “special offender” category applying to individuals who supply an illicit substance when its use results in death. Additionally, this bill seeks to appropriate up to five years worth of additional funds toward corrections … more

: Help us End Marijuana Prohibition in New York

New York State Senator Liz Kreuger(D, WF) recently introduced a bill to the State Senate that would begin regulation and taxation of marihuana. The short title of the bill is the “Marihuana Regulation & Taxation Act”. It is modeled after … more

: Help us End Criminal History Screening on College Applications

New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery introduced SB 969 to the NY Senate, which would declare criminal history screenings on the college application to be a discriminatory process. The bill is titled “College Admissions for Persons Previously Convicted of One … more

NATIONAL: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015

The Second Chance Reauthorization Act is a bipartisan piece of legislation with both House and Senate versions having been introduced. If enacted, it would make some nonviolent prisoners eligible to be transferred out of a federal correctional facilities and into … more

NATIONAL: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

In keeping with the recent trend of bipartisan support for various criminal justice reforms at the federal level, the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015 would seek to address the nation’s ever-increasing, and historically unprecedented rate of incarceration. This legislation would … more

NATIONAL: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recently introduced a bill to the U.S. Senate that would end federal prohibition of marijuana. The short title of the bill is the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015.” It is modeled after a House … more

NATIONAL: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances. Industrial hemp is commonly used in a variety of products, including clothing & food and can also … more

OH: Support Medical Amnesty in Ohio

911 Good Samaritan Policies (also known as Medical Amnesty Policies) are life-saving measures that enable people to make responsible decisions by shielding them from punishment when they call for medical help during an emergency relating to alcohol or other drugs. … more

Il: Override the Governor’s Veto on the Heroin Crisis Act

The Illinois state Senate is voting on a Heroin Crisis bill that was recently vetoed by the state’s Governor. In his veto, the Governor called to strip funding from medicaid for drug treatment, and to strip the bill of its … more

NATIONAL: Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act

Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) recently introduced the Restoring Education and Higher learning (REAL) Act, which would restore access to Pell grants to currently incarcerated individuals. Extending Pell Grants to students incarcerated in state and federal penal institutions was common practice … more

NATIONAL: HR 1855: Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2015

Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has introduced HR 1855, a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow deductions and credits relating to expenditures in connection with marijuana sales conducted in compliance with State law. This would make … more

NATIONAL: H.R. 1635: Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015

The Charlotte’s Web Medical Marijuana Act of 2015 would amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to exclude cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabidiol-rich plants from the definition of marijuana. The bill was introduced last month as HB 1635 and would remove … more

NATIONAL: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act

Following last year’s successful vote to prevent federal interference in states with medical marijuana laws, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has reintroduced the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would resolve the tension regarding … more

NATIONAL: CARERS Act

Senate Bill 683, The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, is the first-ever bill in the U.S. Senate intended to legalize marijuana for medicinal use and the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill introduced in Congress. By rescheduling … more

OR: Help Pass a Full Good Samaritan Policy in Oregon

Oregon is well on its way to passing a full, statewide Good Samaritan Policy. SB 839 would exempt a person from arrest and prosecution for certain offenses if evidence of the offense was obtained because emergency medical services or law … more

Florida: Support a Miami-Dade Syringe Exchange Pilot Program

House Bill 475, which would authorize a pilot syringe exchange program in Miami, has stalled in the House and needs the help of SSDP’s statewide network. This bill must be added to the House Government Operations Subcommittee agenda to continue moving … more

Connecticut: Tax and Regulate Marijuana in Connecticut

Two bills have been proposed in the Connecticut legislature that would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for recreational use. House Bills 6703 (introduced by Representative Candelaria of the 95th district) and 6473 (introduced by Representative Vargas of the 6th district) … more

Pennsylvania: PA SB3: Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

PA Senate Bill 3, the legislation regarding medicinal marijuana for patients that was proposed by senators Mike Folmer (R-48) and Daylin Leach (D-17), has passed the Appropriations Committee as of May 4, 2015. It will be moving to the senate floor very … more

Virginia: VA HB 1647

Stop Virginia from Enacting Mandatory Reporting of Overdoses   Rep. Jackson Miller (R-50) has introduced HB 1647, a bill that would require physicians or any other person rendering medical aid to any person for an overdose of a controlled substance … more

NATIONAL: Senate vote on protecting state medical marijuana laws

Earlier this month, your calls and emails contributed to a major victory in the U.S. House when Representatives voted to end funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s interference in state’s medical marijuana laws. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker … more

New York: New York Medical Marijuana: Call Governor Cuomo Today!

Last week, thanks in part to your calls, the New York medical marijuana bill (S. 4406B, the Compassionate Care Act) survived and is on its way to a Senate vote. But now, after incredible effort on behalf of New York’s … more

NATIONAL: Urge your Senators to support the House medical marijuana amendment

Two weeks ago, we asked you to contact your House Representatives regarding three historic amendments to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related AgenView Pagecies Appropriations Act: one of these is Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s medical marijuana amendment, which would prohibit the DEA from using … more

NATIONAL: Industrial Hemp Amendments to the CJS Appropriations Bill

Your action made a difference: on May 29, 2014, Congress approved both amendments!

NATIONAL: Prevent federal interference in state-legal medical marijuana programs

Your action made a difference: on May 29, 2014, Congress approved both amendments!

NATIONAL: Urge the Removal of Federal Barrier to Medical Marijuana Research

Along with allied drug policy reform organizations, we want to send the letter below to the Secretary of Health and Human Services urging the removal of federal barrier to medical marijuana research. Use the form just below the letter to ask your … more

New York: Medical Marijuana in New York: the Compassionate Care Act

We need your help to pressure the Senate Health Committee! Your support has finally forced the NY Senate to stop stalling and take action to pass medical marijuana. As early as Tuesday (May 13), the Senate Health Committee could vote on the … more

Pennsylvania: Support a Good Samaritan Policy and Naloxone Access in Pennsylvania

Save lives in Pennsylvania, support HB 2090: There is legislation before the Pennsylvania general assembly that would enact a statewide good samaritan policy and increase access to the life saving drug naloxone. You can find the full text of the … more

Florida: Support the Miami Syringe Exchange Pilot Program

Florida House Bill 491, which would authorize a syringe exchange program in Miami, needs your help. This bill died in the House last year because Chairman Baxley did not add it to his Judiciary Committee agenda, while the Senate version … more

Arizona: Tax and Regulate Marijuana in Arizona

Representative Ruben Gallego from Phoenix has introduced legislation (HB 2558) that would legalize marijuana cultivation, possession, and retail sale for adults in The Grand Canyon State. The full text of the measure can be found here. Right now in Arizona … more

Connecticut: S.B. 259, Reforming Drug Free School Zones

Drug Free School Zones in Connecticut are in place because of a law from more than a quarter century ago. The intent of these laws is to place schools, day-care centers and public housing complexes in a protected zone in … more

Michigan: Michigan Statewide Good Samaritan Policy

Michiganders! Show your support for enacting a statewide Good Samaritan Policy, write your representative today! Good Samaritan laws are important life-saving measures. The threat of punitive policies can often cause hesitation during confusing and stressful situations, the existence of a … more

Massachusetts: Taxing and Regulating Marijuana in Massachusetts

Please join us in support of Massachusetts H.B 1632, also known as the Cannabis Regulation & Taxation Act. If this bill becomes law, as it stands right now Massachusetts would become the third state to legalize marijuana and the first … more

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Statewide Good Samaritan Policy

Show your support for enacting a statewide Good Samaritan Policy in Pennsylvania by writing your representative today! Good Samaritan laws are important life-saving measures. The threat of punitive policies can often cause hesitation during confusing and stressful situations, and the … more

Maryland: Maryland 911 Good Samaritan Law

Maryland’s House has passed a bill (HB 416) that would provide immunity from prosecution for people who seek assistance in a medical emergency. The bill now heads to the Maryland senate. Good Samaritan laws are important life-saving measures. The threat of … more

Maine: LD 1686 An Act To Address Preventable Deaths from Drug Overdose

Last month, Maine’s House of Representatives Committee on Health and Human Services heard testimony from members of the community about a bill that would expand access to narcan (Naloxone Hcl) and help prevent drug overdoses in Maine. Last legislative session … more

Indiana : S.B 314 Legalization of Industrial Hemp & Small amounts of Marijuana

In January Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian introduced Senate Bill 314, which would legalize industrial hemp as well as small amounts of marijuana. This bill would be a huge benefit to our state because it would save tens of millions … more

New York : Prevent opioid overdose in NY, support SB 6477 today!

NY State Senator and Health Committee chairperson Kemp Hannon introduced Senate Bill 6477 on February 4th, 2014. This bill authorizes the New York health commissioner to set up an opioid overdose prevention program in the state of New York. Opioid … more

California: Support Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Access in California

A bill was recently introduced in the California State Assembly that would increase access to Narcan (Naloxone). Right now as it stands in California – in order to get Narcan you need a prescription from a doctor. Assembly bill 1535 … more

Rhode Island: Regulation, Control and Taxation in Rhode Island

On February 12th legislation was introduced in Rhode Island that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. Under the new bill persons age 21 years and up would be allowed to purchase marijuana from licensed … more

NATIONAL: Unmuzzle the Drug Czar Act of 2014

Please Tell congress to pass the “Unmuzzle the Drug Czar Act of 2014”! Did you know that the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy is bound by law to oppose any efforts to reform marijuana laws? In … more

Oklahoma: Tax and Regulate Marijuana in Oklahoma

On February 3, 2014 Oklahoma State Senator Connie Johnson introduced Senate Bill 2116. Johnson’s bill would legalize possession of up to one ounce for adults 21 years of age and older. “As taxpayers, we’re spending over $30 million each year … more

Maryland: Tax and Regulate Marijuana in Maryland

Maryland Senate Bill 658, the Marijuana Taxation and Regulation Act of 2014, aims to essentially legalize marijuana in Maryland. In summary, the bill would: Repeal specified criminal prohibitions against the use, possession, and sale of marijuana; establish specified exemptions from prosecution for … more

New York: Support a Medical Marijuana Program in the State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will use his State of the State address Wednesday, January 8th, to announce he will sign an executive order to allow the limited use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Governor Cuomo’s announcement on Saturday … more

Virginia: VA HB 577: Safe Reporting of Overdoses

Calling for help shouldn’t be a crime in Virginia. Every 19 minutes, someone in America dies from an unintentional drug overdose. Many of these overdoses happen in the presence of someone who is able to help, but is too scared to call … more

New York : The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act: Support Marijuana Legalization in the State of New York

On Wednesday December 11, 2013, New York State Senator Liz Krueger introduced The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, a bill which, if passed, would work to legalize and regulate marijuana in the state of New York. This legislation, would would … more

Michigan : Support Medical Marijuana Policy Reform in Michigan

The Michigan Legislature currently has some highly anticipated legislation introduced that would dramatically reform medical marijuana laws in the the State of Michigan. Make sure your state representative hears that you want him or her to support improving access and … more