Last updated on: 3/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Drug Policy Alliance Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“We believe that responsible doctors should be allowed, and encouraged, to prescribe whatever drugs work best, notwithstanding their feared and demonized status in the eyes of the ignorant and the law.”

2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization working to broaden the public debate on drug policy and to promote realistic alternatives to the war on drugs based on science, compassion, health and human rights. The Alliance was formerly known as The Lindesmith Center – Drug Policy Foundation. The Lindesmith Center, created in 1994, was the leading independent drug policy reform institute in the United States. The Drug Policy Foundation, founded in 1987, represented over 25,000 supporters and was the principal membership-based organization advocating for more sensible and humane drug policies. The two organizations merged on July 1, 2000 with the objective of building a national drug policy reform movement.”

Mission:

“The guiding principle of the Alliance is harm reduction, an alternative approach to drug policy and treatment that focuses on minimizing the adverse effects of both drug use and drug prohibition.”

Other:
Nonprofit 501(c)(3)
Quoted in:
  1. Does Marijuana Use Increase the Risk of Psychosis (Including Schizophrenia)?