War on Drugs

Drug Policy

War on Drugs

Our nation’s misguided and costly "War on Drugs" has undermined civil liberties in many ways — eroding protections against unlawful searches and seizures, imposing overly harsh sentences on individuals, disproportionately impacting communities of color. The ACLU of Washington Drug Policy Project works for policies that treat drug use as a public health concern, not a criminal justice matter, through public education, legislative advocacy, and litigation.
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Courts should review harsh sentences from ill-conceived drug laws
Lead: Law enforcement assisted diversion

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News Release, Published: 
Friday, April 2, 2010
As the ACLU-WA had urged, the Washington Supreme Court has agreed to review a case in which an employee was fired solely for her lawful use at home of marijuana for medicinal purposes. As long as the job is not safety-sensitive and the employee’s performance is not impaired, patients should not be forced to choose between a physician-authorized treatment and gainful employment.
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Monday, March 1, 2010
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Thursday, February 25, 2010
The ACLU supports marijuana legalization and will continue to work toward that goal.  However, we will not be supporting I-1068 because it does not provide a responsible regulatory system. 
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The ACLU of Washington has filed an amicus memorandum urging the state Supreme Court to accept review of a case in which an employee was fired solely for her lawful, at home, medical use of marijuana.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
I am well aware that the intent in drafting this policy, the goal, is to help students by identifying drug users and then assisting them into treatment and by deterring drug and alcohol use. These are good goals. But the reading I have been doing suggests the policy may in fact result in the opposite outcome -increased problem drug or alcohol use.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The ACLU-WA advocates for alternatives to rigid "zero tolerance" policies that result in overly harsh school discipline – policies that contribute to the "school-to-prison pipeline" whereby students are expelled and end up in the criminal justice system.
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Monday, December 7, 2009
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Friday, November 20, 2009
The Washington Supreme Court today rejected a seriously ill woman’s plea to use medical marijuana to alleviate chronic pain, even though she had a doctor’s written recommendation. The 6-3 ruling points to the need to clarify the state’s medical marijuana law to ensure that patients are able to exercise their rights under the law.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
City governments around the state are rethinking their urine-testing policies in the wake of the ACLU's success in curbing Seattle's suspicionless urine-testing program.

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