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.
Washington Marijuana Legalization: We hope that marijuana reform will spark change throughout the criminal justice system
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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: 
Monday, July 31, 2000
Washington voters in 1998 passed Initiative 692 to allow patients with certain terminal or debilitating diseases to possess and use marijuana for medicinal purposes. After months of negotiations with the ACLU, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) in 2000 issued written instructions for enforcing the Washington Medical Marijuana Act.

On August 7, 2014, the ACLU of Washington moved to intervene in the lawsuit MMH, LLC vs. City of Fife on behalf of three state-licensed marijuana businesses seeking to defend Initiative 502, Washington’s marijuana legalization law passed by voters 56-44%

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