Drug Reform is on the Ballot

Despite momentous progress developing legal psychedelic medicines, drug possession is still the number one reason for arrest in the United States.

FDA-approved medical access to psychedelics is only a part of the equation for a healthful society: criminalizing relationships with psychedelics, or any other drugs, harms public health and well-being. Read MAPS’ statement on decriminalization and regulation at maps.org/policyreform.

Reduce the harms of drug prohibition by researching and voting for elected officials!

This November, voters across the country will have a number of chances to directly change drug policy.For the first time in U.S. history, drug decriminalization is on the ballot, in a Portugal-inspired measure in Oregon.

Ready to help? You can volunteer with a phone bank for Measure 110 here.

Oregonians have the opportunity to make history twice, with another game-changing initiative on the ballot. 

Ready to help? You can volunteer with a phone bank for Measure 109 here.

Voters across the United States have more exciting opportunities to chip away at the war on drugs. 

  • Voters in Washington, D.C., will consider Measure 81: Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act, making psychedelic plants and fungi the lowest law enforcement priority following similar successful initiatives in Oakland, Santa Cruz, Ann Arbor, and Denver. Please take the time to read the joint statement released by the National Council of Native American Churches and the Indigenous Peyote Conservation Initiative calling for the consideration of the “complex relationship of the law, our history, and social/cultural realities in the U.S. to the peyote cacti.” 
  • Voters in Montana, New Jersey, Arizona, and South Dakota are all voting on cannabis legalization (and some to grow at home). A number of states have continued to legalize and decriminalize cannabis through the legislature including, most recently, Vermont and Virginia.
  • South Dakota is also deciding on a medical cannabis system along with Mississippi
  • At the national level, the MORE Actis approaching a vote in Congress. The MORE Act would end federal prohibition of cannabis and begin to undo the harms of cannabis criminalization.

Your votes make a difference across your ballot.

With hope,

MAPS Policy & Advocacy Team