Drug Policy Alliance, Drug Legalization and Decriminalization, and Criminal Justice Reform

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Lynne Lyman is the California State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). She is active on the frontlines in the struggle to bring racial and criminal justice reform. 


Stephen Gutwillig  leads DPA's public policy program, which includes seven offices across the U.S. Prior to DPA, he worked as executive director of Outfest, a nonprofit organization which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media.

We discuss the work of the Drug Policy Alliance and the current state of the Drug War and DPA’s work to win legalization of marijuana in other states in addition to Colorado and Washington, where unprecedented electoral victories were won this past November
to decriminalize marijuana use.

The DPA is the nation's leading organization promoting alternatives to current drug policy that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.DPA works to ensure that drug policies no longer arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise nor otherwise harm millions of people – particularly young people and people of color who are disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.