About this Organization
Since its founding in 1920, the ACLU has known that liberty must be defended over and over again. That’s why ACLU attorneys stand before the Supreme Court more often than anyone else except the federal government itself. And for every case we bring before the Supreme Court, the ACLU brings hundreds more nationwide to lower courts and school boards.
The ACLU is an unwavering voice of liberty in courtrooms, legislatures and public squares, willing to take on clients, causes and cases that advance our basic rights, without regard to popular whim or the current political climate, and paying particular attention to the rights of those people who have historically been disenfranchised.
Drug Policy Director
Alison Holcomb was the primary author the initiative (I-502) to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Washington – and directed the campaign that led to its passage. She has also served as a successful advocate for legislative and regulatory improvements to Washington’s medical marijuana law. Alison practiced as a trial attorney for thirteen years, representing marijuana defendants in criminal and civil asset forfeiture proceedings in state and federal court. Currently the Drug Policy Director for the ACLU of Washington, she received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychadelic Studies (MAPS)
Santa Cruz, California
Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
Parents 4 Pot
Parents-4-Pot is a dedicated voice for all families who support the end of hemp and cannabis prohibition. The organization strives to defeat the social stigma surrounding adults who use cannabis responsibly. They support a parent’s choice to use medical cannabis to treat their children’s illnesses. Parents-4-Pot helps families with cannabis related issues through education, direct action and organizational support.
National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)
Founded in 2010, The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is a trade organization for the cannabis industry. It serves to provide canna-businesses with a voice in Washington, D.C. The NCIA is led by industry leaders with the intent to speak for the needs of the rapidly-growing cannabis industry. Additionally, they allow members to choose who will serve on the board of directors with annual elections.